Side nose and cockpit view of the J-35 Draken

Saab J-35 Draken

The J35 Draken is a Swedish 50 foot long, 30 foot wide 30,000 lb. delta winged jet. It had a top speed of Mach 2.2 or three times the speed of a .45 caliber bullet. It could fight at 60,000 feet and could zoom climb to 80,000 feet.

It was built by the Swedish automobile company “Saab” which originated as an aircraft company and expanded into making high quality automobiles. The Draken was in production from 1955 to 1971 and they built over 600 of them. Besides being the protector of Sweden they were sold tom ost of the non communist block countries in Europe.

The Draken was powered by two versions of Volvo Aerospace turboject engines, the Flygmotor RM6C and the RM8C which could develop 17,600 lbs. of thrust on afterburner. That translates to over 38,000 Horse Power or the power equal to 190 average American cars.

The J-35 Draken Interceptor was armed two 30 mm cannons and could fire most of the standard missiles and bombs built in the United States including nuclear ordnance of all types.