30 August 2019
It was 9h41 am in Brazil and people were starting their week having breakfast, arriving at the office, or even stuck on traffic. One could think that it was just another uneventful Monday morning, but that was not the case. More than 10.000 kilometres across the ocean, in Sweden, the first Brazilian Gripen took off from Linköping's airfield, 2h41 pm, Swedish time. The maiden flight of Brazil's first Gripen E had the purpose of verifying basic handling and flight qualities at different altitudes and speeds.