Heres on one the rare plane collectors out there..
Taken at this years RAF Waddington Airshow, before it clouded over and got busy, here sits one of the world total of 6 (yes 6) of this odd looking beast!
A first for me, a Swedish Aircraft, used only by that airforce (plus there are orders in by the Thai and United Arab Emirates for two each..) Bulk buying of this type does not happen!
The Saab 340 AEW&C is a Swedish airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft; a variant of the Saab 340 aircraft is designated S 100B Argus by the Swedish Air Force..
Six S 100B Argus aircraft were produced for the Swedish Air Force, four of which are permanently equipped with early warning radar (Erieye radar) and two fitted for transport missions during peacetime..
They brought it here as part of the 'Theme' for the year, AEW.. But also to try and sell some! lol
O.K. Now, the much missed STAT TIME!
Endurance: 7 hours.
Cruising speed: 300 km/h ( mph).
Typical Mission Altitude
2,000m to 6,000m
Radar Antenna Unit Length
Range Against Fighter Aircraft Target
I'm REALLY VERY sorry for the non Imperial stats.. I normally refuse to put anything other than.. I'm afraid I've no idea what that lot means, and have no intention of learning so if Wiki (thanks... not!) are going to do it, I shall be limited to what I can put stat wise.. Sorry again...
Still I hope you like this Portrait shot from Waddington..
Oct 6, 2012 5:07:17 pmby neiwil Homepage »
Radar!!!! I thought it was a carrying handle :-) Although these snazzy new 'blade arrays' are neat, I still prefer the huge 'saucer' jobs, they give a real impression they're doing the business. This is a great shot though of a rare bird. It's easy to forget that these are not just 'airshows' but shop windows as well.......wonder what Karen would say if I came home with one of these :-) LoL !!!!!
Oct 6, 2012 6:23:51 pmby goodoleboy Homepage »
Quite a Saab story in this posting. This is so rare that I thought you were going to show an automobile at first. I didn't even know they built aeroplanes.
Anyway, your tendency toward superb clarity, color, composition and detail is most apparent here in another one of your masterful aircraft captures, Rob.
Oct 6, 2012 6:59:26 pmby munich68 Online Now! Homepage »
What an avatar!!!
Comin slowly up onto my desktop again...wheezy............
Um, well, ...nice shot...
Gonna write a PN one of these days, SORRY for the delay..."some things" happened...
ALL the best
Dec 11, 2012 8:19:39 pmby HADCANCER Homepage »
#1447 In my back log til out of here count down.... I was here and I enjoyed the view.
If I read the data correctly unless the cost is low, I can understand why there are not that many of them. They are slow and range is not that far. Better to get a stripped down commercial plane and add all the electronics. I would think a turbo prop plane could stay in the air for a long time.