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The Saab 29 Tunnan, colloquially the Flygande tunnan (English: “The flying barrel“), is a Swedish fighter that was designed and manufactured by Saab in the 1940s. It was Sweden’s second turbojet-powered combat aircraft, the first having been the Saab 21R and it was the first post-Second World War Western European fighter to be produced with a swept wing, the Me 262 having been the first, during the war. Despite its rotund appearance, from which its name is derived, the J 29 was fast and agile and served effectively in both fighter and fighter-bomber roles into the 1970s.
Sweden had fallen behind the rapid technical progress being made elsewhere, and Saab needed to catch up in terms of aerodynamics and jet propulsion. Accordingly, project “JxR” was initiated in late 1945 and requirements were drawn up in October 1945. A pair of proposals were presented by the Saab design team, led by Lars Brising. The first of these, codenamed R 101, nicknamed cigarren (the cigar) due to its shape, bore a strong resemblance to the American Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. The second design, which was chosen, was the barrel-shaped design, codenamed R 1001, which proved to be both faster and more agile
National origin Sweden
Manufacturer Saab AB
First flight 1 September 1948
Swedish Air Force
Austrian Air Force
Number built 661
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