J-35S Draken 

These 36 photos were taken by Vesa Halme

Here are pics of  a Finnish Air Force J-35S Draken (aka J-35XS) in a special paint scheme. The type's last flight in Finnish service was on August 16th, 2000. I have also included pictures of the J-35S in a regular paint scheme, and also some of the Sk-35C trainer for comparison.  All pictures were taken at the Kauhava Midsummer Air Festival, June 2000 except for dk-215_19.jpg and dk-215_20.jpg which were taken earlier at the Turku International Air Show, June 2000. 

 Others have taken better in-flight photos than me, which show the top and bottom markings. They can be found at: 

http://www.sci.fi/~fta/dk-215.htm

http://www.planet.fi/~mohman/tias00.html

http://wwnet.fi/~jjuvonen/tias2000.html

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General view of the display a/c with ground equipment. General view, with display pilot, Captain Mika Tuisku in front. Close-up of Captain Tuisku, showing the "Draken Knights" emblem on helmet. General view from left.

 

Close-up of the cockpit area. The intake is unpainted fiberglass. Close-up of left insignia and registration. The roundel is a decal, 20cm in diameter, and the letters and numbers are handpainted. Close-up of the ejection seat warning label and initials of those who painted the plane. Close-up of left side, showing navigation light and dorsal auxiliary fin. The fin is unpainted fiberglass. Note that the squadron emblem is black and silver, not black and grey as some pictures would lead you to believe. Wing leading edge is natural metal

 

Close-up showing left wing and vertical stabilizer. Close-up of the vertical stabilizer. The J-35 has been in Finnish service from 1972 to 2000. Close-up of the "Draken Knights" emblem on bottom of wing. The emblem is silver, and is duplicated on other wing. Close-up of the trailing edge and chaff/flare dispenser on the auxiliary intake. Note the navigation light and lightening holes. The trailing edge is definitely NOT thin at the base.

 

Close-up of the exhaust and chaff/flare dispensers. Close-up of the trailing edge and chaff/flare dispenser on the auxiliary intake on the right side. Close-up of the wing trailing edge. Note the flaperon counterbalances and national insignia (20cm diameter) on top of the wing. Close-up of the Fighter Squadron 11 emblem.

 

View of the wing and vertical stabilizer from right. View of the wing and vertical stabilizer from right front. Note that the auxiliary exhaust is natural metal. General view from right. Close-up of the nose area from right side, showing placement of the insignia.

 

Close up of the handpainted "Special Edition" insignia. Close up of right insignia and registration. The roundel is a decal, 20cm in diameter, and the letters and numbers are handpainted. Close up of the left main gear. Close up of the right mainmount. Note the brake lines.

 

Close-up of the nose gear from left. Note the ram air turbine. Close-up of the nose gear. Close-up of the ram air turbine. Close-up of the nose gear doors.

 

Close-up of the right main gear. Close-up of the right main gear.

 

 

J-35S in a regular paint scheme

General picture. This a/c has the seldom seen large external tanks used only on the Finnish-assembled J-35S, resulting in what is colloquially known as the "Elephant"-S. Same a/c, different view. The colors are the same as originally used by Swedish AF - olive green and blue-green top, light grey and natural metal bottom. Close-up of the trailing edge and chaff/flare dispenser on the auxiliary intake. The dispenser is a fairly recent addition. Note the navigation light. Close-up of exhaust and chaff/flare dispensers.

Sk-35C trainer

General picture. This trainer version only has one external tank, of the more common smaller type. Same a/c, different view. Note the shorter tailpipe of this version (different afterburner).