The light twin-engine Saab 105 jet aircraft was designed at the end of the 1950s/beginning of the 1960s as a fixed-wing aircraft with T-tail configuration. It is fitted with two adjacent ejector seats as standard, but these can also be replaced with four conventional pilot seats.
Following the maiden flight of the first mass produced aircraft, 150 examples entered into service with the Swedish Air Force with the designation SK 60. Fitted with a considerably more powerful version of the powerplant ,40 Saab 105XT aircraft were exported for service with the Austrian Air Force from 1970: these Saab 105OE jets are predominantly used as trainer and identification aircraft. They are also used for training flights for the pilots of the Surveillance Wing or for taking high altitude air samples.
Aviation enthusiasts will have several opportunities to see the Saab 105 at AIRPOWER16: as part of the Static Display, Swedish Air Force Historic Flight will be showcasing a retired four-seater Sk 60E and the Austrian Armed Forces a tiger-liveried Saab 105OE. In the Flying Display, the Saab 105OE will be performing a solo display, and as part of a four-aircraft formation and the Historic Jet Formation.
Facts & Figures
|In service with Armed Forces since||1970|
|Max. take-off weight||5,700 kg|
|Maximum speed||970 km/h|
|Service ceiling||13,700 m|
|Powerplant||2 x GE J85 17B|
|Power||2 x 12.6 kN|
|Crew/passengers||1+1 (passenger variant: 2+2)|
|Display||Flying + Static|