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​Gripen's aerial display was the main attraction at AAD 2014 which was held at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion in the City of Tshwane, South Africa between 17 and 21 September.

Besides Gripen, flying programme at the event included performances by Silver Falcons, Cheetah and Hawks.

South Africa was Gripen’s first export customer. Its fleet consists of 9 two-seat and 17 single seat versions of Gripen. The fleet is flown and maintained by the crews and personnel of 2 Squadron, stationed at AFB Makhado in Limpopo Province.

South Africa was also the first Gripen customer to order the state-of-the-art ”Cobra” HMD ( Helmet Mounted Display).

An HMD displays data directly onto the helmet visor, allowing the Gripen pilot to stay ‘heads up’ at crucial points in the mission. The Cobra is a binocular system that displays both air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons symbology, as well as basic flight data.

At AAD 2014, South African manufacturing company Denel Dynamics officials revealed that its imaging infrared-guided A-Darter has completed integration tests for SAAF’s Gripen C/D multi-role fighter, and trials are ongoing for the Hawk advanced trainer. 

Denel is preparing to begin pre-integration flight trials of the missile on the Gripen NG in November.

Launched in 1975, AAD is held every two years in different parts of South Africa. The next AAD is expected to be held in 2016.

​The video shows Czech Air Force Gripen's slow flypast and landing at the recently concluded Slovak International Air Fest.

The Czech Republic Air Force was represented by Gripen along with the subsonic combat aircraft Aero L-159 ALCA and the combat chopper Mi-24 at the SAIF 2014.

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With over 45,000 spectators, CIAF airshow was a huge success this year, reports Letectvi.cz​. According to CIAF spokesman Tomáš Bran, Czech Air Force Gripen and L-159’s performance grabbed the most limelight at the event.

Nine European countries participated in CIAF 2014 which is less as compared to the previous years. Despite that, the excitement at the Hradec Králové airport was exceptional.

The 2 day airshow started with a flight formation by Czech Air Force Gripen with C-295 and L-159 ALCA on Saturday at 11 am. Display pilot Martin Spacek later performed a solo display with Gripen as well.

Czech Air Force had 18 aircraft and almost seven dozen pieces of ground equipment on display. The visitors at the event enjoyed six hours of aerial displays on both days which consisted of 29 aerobatic flight demonstrations. 

Read the full story: Letošní CIAF vidělo 45 000 diváků

Image Courtesy: CIAF​

The Swiss Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary in Payerne last week. A Swedish contingent of 25 personnel and 3 Gripen were a part of the celebrations, reports Forsvarsmakten.

Amongst the three Swedish Air Force Gripen, one was for static display and the other two performed at the event. The airshow was organized on two weekends with training days during the week which also attracted crowds. According to Swedish display pilot Stefan Kaarle, who was a part of the contingent, training exercises during the week were a prerequisite for flying at the celebration displays on the weekends.

Stefan, who has been a demonstration pilot in different types of aircraft since 1999, says that AIR 14 is one of the best planned performances he has ever attended.

Pilots from all over the world flew 184 displays with a grand total of 50 hours during Air14 Payerne.

Read the full story here: Svenska flygvapnet på flyguppvisning i Schweiz

​RTAF Wing Commander Chareon “Tonic” Watanasrimongkol, who has the experience of participating in Pitch Black exercise for a long time now, talks about his experiences and the objective of the exercise. 

Exercise Pitch Black 2014, the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) largest and most complex air exercise, was held in the Northern Territory from 1-22 August 2014.​

It took several months of preparation to conduct this one and a half hour photographic mission successfully. The video shows Czech Air Force aircraft Gripen, L-159 Alca and L-39 Albatros in an air to air formation for the mission.

​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".

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