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Military Aircraft: Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen (1997) Military Aircraft 01 JAN 2014

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) is a lightweight single-engine multi-role fighter jet manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet). The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configuration with relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire technology. It is powered by the Volvo-Flygmotor RM12 engine, a derivative of the General Electric F404, and has a top speed of Mach 2. Later aircraft are equipped for in-flight refuelling; most of the export aircraft have been designed to be compatible with NATO interoperability standards.

A further development of the Gripen, often referred to as Gripen NG or Super Gripen, is in development as of 2013. Amongst the changes includes the adoption of a new powerplant, the General Electric F414G, an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, and significantly increased onboard fuel capacity. Other derivatives, including a navalised Sea Gripen for carrier operations and an optionally-manned aircraft capable of unmanned operations, have also been proposed by Saab.

This particular shot captures one of the South African Air Force’s recently purchased Gripen Jets flying above the Union Buildings, Pretoria.

Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet flying over Union Buildings in Pretoria South Africa

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_JAS_39_Gripen

Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Pretoria Zoo (2009-11-13) My Life | Photo Gallery 13 NOV 2009

Pretoria Zoo is probably South Africa’s premier zoo, and so it was only natural that this was to be one of our highlights on our stopover in Pretoria. (I guess the Union Buildings are pretty cool to)

The zoo itself is very large and features some fantastic animals and enclosures, and Chantelle and I managed to get some great views of the zoo’s more popular inhabitants.

Highly recommended if you’re ever in the area! :)

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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Pretoria Stop (2009-11-12) My Life | Photo Gallery 12 NOV 2009

Now well on our way to Sun City, we said goodbye to Gail and Peter back in Bloemfontein and successfully made the trip through to Pretoria, where we were welcomed by Montgomery Clan friend, Bernard and his family. Of course, there are plenty of sights to be taken in whilst in Pretoria, and we did just that, though I have to admit that it certainly didn’t feel like the safest of environments to be in!

Nevertheless, we enjoyed the company and got a good night’s rest, meaning that we were more than ready for the next leg of driving to come! :)

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