Does your airport have a Saab 35 Draken on the ramp?


I have been to many airports, but I can’t think of one with more cool planes on the ramp than Chino California, the site of our next Corvair College. If you ever have the chance to visit, and you really love planes, make the trip.



Yes, that is a privately owned, flying Saab 35 Draken, a famous cold war interceptor from Sweden. It isn’t every airport that has a Mach 2.2 bird with a 35,000’/min. rate of climb just sitting out at a tie down. There are actually a half dozen Drakens here, but this was the nicest one. Evidently at least one particularly wealthy individual in Southern California has an interesting take on expending capital.




About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

2 Responses to Does your airport have a Saab 35 Draken on the ramp?

  1. Sten Backhans says:

    aha, so that´s where the Swedish Air Force is,,,

  2. Harold Bickford says:

    Then of course there was the “L’il Draken”, a subscale proof of concept testbed to validate the double delta low speed performance concept. The Draken like the Viggen and Gripen were all designed to use sections of Swedish motorway in an exigent situation.

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