The maiden flight on 1 September 1948 was undertaken by Robert Moore, an English test pilot.
The first J 29A aircrafts were delivered to their squadrons in 1951. 665 Saab 29 aircrafs were produced altogether in six different versions. The last of these, J 29F, was fitted with afterburner, further improving the aircraft’s performance. The rate of production was high, and in 1954 no fewer than 238 aircrafts were built.
J 29 was Western Europe's first aircraft in operational service with a performance that could match the American F-86 Sabre and the Russian MiG-15. It was successfully deployed in the so-called Congo crisis in the early 1960s and was also used by the Austrian Air Force.
Saab 29 set two world speed records. The aircraft is on display at the Swedish Air Force Museum in Linköping and one J 29F, “Gul Rudolf”, continues to fly.
Data and performance of the Saab 29 Tunnan
Engine: DH Ghost/RM 2B, 2,800 hp with afterburner
Max. take-off weight: 8,375 kg
Max. speed: 1,060 km/h
Max. altitude: 15,500 m