Swedish Sk60 Dean West


The SAAB 105 is a twin engine side-by-side seating trainer which began life as a private venture. The Swedish government eventually sponsored the production of a prototype in 1961. Developed as a low cost multirole aircraft, the SAAB 105 can be fitted with a variety of weapons or reconnaissance pods using six under-wing hardpoints. The SAAB 105 can easily be converted between combat and training configurations but can also be used to transport a pair of passengers via the installation of smaller ejector seats for the pilot/co-pilot and a bench behind them. The SAAB 105 was a limited success and was only ordered by Sweden and Austria with only 192 examples being produced.

Designated as the Sk.60 in Swedish Air Force service, the Swedish Government initially ordered 130 aircraft during 1963. In addition to the basic Sk.60A trainer, the Sk.60B and C attack versions were also produced as modifications, the Sk.60C featuring an elongated nose to allow for the installation of a camera. During 2021, the Grob G 120TP was ordered to replace the Sk.60 in Swedish service.

Sweden will be sending a pair of Sk.60s to this year's Air Tattoo both coming from Luftstridsskolanat - the flight training school based at Malmen Air Base. This will include one aircraft for static and a second for the flying display.

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On display