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Flygmotor RM6C
17,634 lbs.
17,340 lbs.
25,130 lbs.
2- 30 mm
6,400 lbs.
50 ft. 4 in.
30 ft. 10 in.
1,317 mph
34,450 fpm
2,000 miles
65,500 feet

Saab 35
Saab 35

The Saab 35, called the Draken, development dates back to the late 1940's. It was at that time that the Swedish government requested an interceptor aircraft with the ability to fly at speeds at least fifty percent greater than other aircraft of the time.

The Saab 35 would utilize a radar system making it capable of day/night, all weather flight, be maneuverable, and carrying the latest air to air missiles. The aircraft would be equipped with a self starting system and have an under carriage sturdy enough to operate from unimproved fields.

The most distinguishing feature of the Saab 35 is its wing planform. The high strength, low weight design enables the carrying of relatively large amounts of fuel and weapons, while providing both high speed flight and low speed maneuverability.

Another feature unique to the aircraft is a pair of wheels under its tail to enable nose high landings. Such landings utilized drag from the large wings to shorten landing distance. Typical landing distance, when a nose high approach was combined with the deployment of a drag parachute, was about 2,000 feet.

Aircraft historians tell us that the Saab 35 was so advanced for its time that if Sweden had chosen, it could have served in many of the world's air forces. However, the country limited its overseas sales.

The aircraft received upgrades through it service career. Anti-collision radar, the latest missiles, a faster firing cannon, and more powerful engines, were all added to the Saab 35.

A version of the Saab 35, exported to Denmark, was converted for use as a ground-attack aircraft.

Sweden flew Saab 35 aircraft through 1998, while the Australian Air Force operated the aircraft through 2005.

A total of 644 Saab 35 aircraft of all types were produced.

Saab 35
Saab 35

Pictured above is the Saab 35 from Easy Tiger. Wingspan is 20 1/2", with a length of 30".  Included is a 64mm EDF unit. Weight is around 1 lb.

In the first picture below is the Saab 35 from MBS RC Models as a kit. It is made from balsa and plywood. Wingspan is 31" and length is 50". It needs a 70 mm fan and motor. All up weight is about 2 1/2 lbs.

The second picture below is of the Saab 35 from Air-Tech. It is a design by Manfred Eberhard and flown by Andreas Scholl. It has a wingspan of 54" and a length of 87". For power Andreas uses a Jet Cat P120 turbine. Weight is about 28 1/2 lbs.

The next picture is of the Saab 35 from Jet-Team Liebetrau.  Its wingspan is 118" with a length of 73".  Suggested power for the rc Draken is a P160 or P180 turbine engine.

The bottom picture is of the Saab 35 from Nauwa Models. It has a 45" wingspan with a 75" length and weighs about 18 lbs. The fuselage is fiberglass construction with balsa sheeted foamy wings. You will need from a 15 - 20 lb. thrust turbine engine for power.

Saab 35
Saab 35

Saab 35
Saab 35

Saab 35
Saab 35

Saab 35
Saab 35

Shenzhen E-Do Models has a Saab 35 in yellow, grey, or red paint schemes. Its wingspan is 20 1/2", length is 30", and weight is 15.87 oz. The radio control airplane comes ready to fly with a motor turning a 64 mm fan unit.

RC World International has a Saab 35 with a 21" wingspan, a 30 1/2" length, and weight of about 1 lb.

At RC Groups Pat Tritle has a Saab 35 as a kit.

Logical Psycho of RC Groups started a build thread for a Saab 35. The thread has grown to include a number of builds and plans by other RC Group members.

At RC Universe lov2flyrc was looking for a Saab 35 as a kit and cyclops2 was looking for its plans for sale.

At Watt Flyer crxmanpat posted about a Saab 35 and Kosh reviewed it from Arrowplanes. Their airplane is a profile model with a 22" w/s.

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