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​Financial Times’s Carola Hoyos used to think that the movie Top Gun had influenced the way fighter aircraft pilots stride towards their aircraft, that their gait is a result of watching the movie too many times. 

When she recently test flew Gripen with Saab’s chief test pilot Hans Einerth, she realized that clearly, there were things that Tom Cruise did not tell.

There really is no other way to move in a G-suit, for the air cavities that run down each leg force the wearer to widen his – or her – gait. Add the helmet, whose oxygen mask makes carrying it anywhere other than wedged between hip and armpit almost impossible, and the Tom Cruise impersonation is complete, she says.

Carola also realizes that It took almost an hour to get dressed for the ride – six times longer than the 10 minutes it takes the Gripen to fly the 150km from Linköping to reach its training area above the Baltic sea.

“Putting on the heavy g suit and testing the oxygen mask brings home like nothing else the dangers involved in putting your body through forces it was never designed to withstand in a plane that has not undergone the safety tests all commercial jets require,” she says.

Chief test pilot Hans Einerth, however assures her that he can fly so calmly that she would think she is sitting on a sofa.

As the duo flies faster than the speed of sound, Carola is in for a surprise ...

​Czech Air Force Gripen, with a colourful tiger scheme, presented an amazing aerial display at the opening day of Airshow Laage in Germany last week.

Airshow Laage marked the 55th Anniversary of Tactical Air Force Wing 73 "Steinhoff" and 30 years of flight operations at Laage Airbase. About 15 aircraft performed simultaneously in the air and there were more than 30 aircraft on static display at the airshow.

A USAF KC-135 stratotanker refuels the Swedish Gripen off the coast of Sweden earlier this month during the Baltic operations.

The Baltic Operations Exercise (BALTOPS 2014) was conducted out of Powidze Air Base Poland. The exercise aims to improve maritime security in the Baltic Sea through cooperation among regional allies. It provides the participating personnel an opportunity to engage in realistic air combat training to build experience, teamwork and strengthen NATO interoperability.

NATO and military forces from 12 countries including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden participated in the exercise.​

Hungarian Air Force Gripen performs at Susreti za Rudija, an annual event organized to commemorate Rudolf Perešin, a pilot and the hero of the "Croatian War of Independence 1991-1995".

​South African Air Force pilot Captain Ndzuta talks about Gripen at the recently held Durban Land, Sea and Air Festival. He also talks about what inspired him to be a fighter aircraft pilot. Gripen's performance was one of the main attractions at the event.

“Gripen is one of the leading fighters in the world which are currently in service. One can fly at approximately 2470 kms per hour and can pull upto 9Gs i.e. nine times the normal gravitational pull,” Captain Ndzuta says.

“It is an awesome aircraft to fly,” he adds.

The video shows the experience of Brazilian naval aviator, Romulo Sobral visiting Saab in Linköping, trying his hands at the simulator first and then flying the actual Gripen. 

The purpose of Sobral’s visit was to verify that the design requirements of the Gripen confer flight characteristics that demonstrate their conversion potential into a naval version without major and fundamental design changes.​

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An exclusive webcast by SVD​ gives aviation enthusiasts and Gripen fans an opportunity to experience a flight in Gripen with just a click of a mouse. The half an hour webcast has been filmed using the pilot's helmet camera.

​Tina Thorner, a professional co-driver and a businesswoman fulfills her dream of flying a fighter aircraft. 

"My life became complete this week! I got to fly the Swedish Air Force and Saab’s pride: JAS 39 Gripen! What an aircraft! It showed me that one should never give up on their dreams," she says.

“I could actually fly the plane myself. I did a roll, I did a loop, I crossed the sound barrier and I was up there for an hour, not feeling ill, nothing and I just loved every second of it,” Thorner says.​

How do you build a super computer in a biscuit box? That about sums up the challenge of creating super small, super tough and super sensitive radar systems such as the ES-05 Raven radar for the Gripen E being produced by Selex ES.

“The great challenge of a radar system is that it combines the mechanical challenges, electrical challenges, software challenges and physical challenges of all types, all in a very small volume, in a very demanding environment. And you have to basically build a super computer in a biscuit box,” Mark Smith, VP of technology at Selex ESW says.

Gripen presented a spectacular aerial display at the CIAF 2013 last month.

Czech International Air Fest (CIAF) is held every year at the Hradec Králové airport and top military and civilian fighter planes participate in it. This year, the fest was held on 7 and 8 September. The good weather attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the event.​ 

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