Today in aviation history – 9th December

On 9th December 1988 there was made a test flight of a Swedish multitask fighter SAAB JAS 39 Gripen. It is a one-engine mid-wing canard and is currently used in Sweden, RSA, Thailand, Czech Republic, Hungary, and since 2018 probably in Switzerland as well. A total production run in 1986-2011 of SAAB JAS 39 Gripen was 241.