Saab 29 Tunnan

The SAAB J29, called the “Tunnan” (barrel), was the first of a series of excellent fighters built by the Swedish company SAAB. Although it only saw action in Congo as part of the UN peacekeeping force, it was judged equivalent to the American F-86 Sabre during meetings with the USAF in Europe.


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1. SAAB J 29A Tunnan n°29448 of Wing F2 of the Flygvapnet (Swedish AF).


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2. SAAB J 29A Tunnan in a “what if?” Israeli scheme. Israeli considered purchasing the Tunnan for some time, but eventually chose another aircraft.


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3. SAAB J 29F of Wing F20, Swedish Air Force.


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4. SAAB J 29F of Wing F15, Swedish AF. This aircraft bears a red diamond on its spine.


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5. An Austrian J29F. This aircraft is preserved in a museum in Vienna. Wingtips and stabilizer tips are painted dayglo orange.


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6. J29F 29478 of F6 Wing.


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7. The third production model, J29A c/n 29003, in Olive Green colour.


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8. J29F 29433 of Jabo 1, Austrian AF, Linz-Horsching, 1965.


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9. SAAB J29F Tunnan of the Swedish AF, flying in Wing F10, bearing exercise markings.


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10. J29F 29549 of Wing F10, Swedish Air Force.


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11. SAAB J29F 29621 of F9 Wing. Notice the unusual Wasp nose art, painted on both sides of the cockpit.


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12. J29A c/n 29293 of Wing F12, Swedish AF, 1953.

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