The second Gripen E test aircraft, designated 39-9 took off on its maiden flight at 09.50 on 26 November 2018. The test flight was operated from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden with Saab test pilot Robin Nordlander at the controls.
“Some people think being a test pilot is the most exciting job in the world and it should be. Flying Gripen E means breaking no sweat though, even on a maiden flight such as this. The flight was so smooth and 39-9 a real pleasure to pilot. I am looking forward to getting it back in the air again and soon putting the new systems to the test,” says Robin Nordlander, Experimental Test Pilot, Saab.
During the 33 minutes long flight the pilot carried out a number of actions to validate flight characteristics and various test criteria, such as the software, life support system and radio system.