A successful First flight with Gripen E

June 15, 2017. Another great milestone in our aviation history.

First flight

At 10:32 on Thursday June 15, Gripen E took off on its maiden flight, flown by a Saab test pilot. The aircraft (designation 39-8) left from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden and flew over the eastern parts of Östergötland for 40 minutes. During the flight, the aircraft carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear.

Video and images


press release

Defence and security company Saab today completed a successful first flight of the next generation smart fighter, Gripen E.

Press briefing - webcast

Watch the webcast from the press briefing of Gripen E first flight.

Media portal

For videos and high resolution images of Gripen E first flight, go to Media portal.

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