2- 30 mm
50 ft. 4 in.
30 ft. 10 in.
Saab Draken, officially SAAB 35 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 aircraft 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 a sturdy enough undercarriage to operate from unimproved fields.
The most distinguishing feature of the Saab Draken 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 Draken 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 Draken.
A version of the Saab Draken, exported to Denmark, was converted for use as a ground-attack aircraft.
Sweden flew Saab Draken aircraft through 1998, while the Australian Air Force operated the aircraft through 2005.
A total of some 650 Saab Draken aircraft of all types were produced.
RC Saab Draken
The RC Saab Draken from MBS RC Models comes as a kit. It is made from balsa and plywood. Wingspan is 31 in and length is 50 in. It comes with a 64 mm fan unit driven by a brushless motor, speed controller and decals. All up weight is about 2 1/2 lbs.