Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Peninggalan Armada Tempur Swedia Yang Terlupakan

Europe is filled with abandoned military airfield. Most have returned back to their farms immediately from when the war came, they cracked the runway and dispersal overcome by weeds. Rarely are they inhabited since destroyed by the remnants of an old fighter, but Rinkaby in Sweden is one of the rare exceptions.
Rinkaby airfield is a former military used today as a shooting gallery to train soldiers Sweden, Denmark and Norway in all aspects of the battle. Gateway to sites maintained by Saab Draken (top), displayed in takeoff dramatic pose. But while it is externally visible whole, these old aircraft are old fuselage stripped-out without instrumentation engine or cockpit to speak.
However, it has a better performance than most aluminum counterparts in that location. Less known - because of the lack of public access in Rinkaby - is that at the base, some airframes Draken rotting away along with other examples of excessive waste of military hardware there.
The images on top of Google Earth shows three concrete foundation, with a "display" Draken in the direction of the image (and inset). On the right of the south runway, close to the bushes of trees, clearly can be seen two more abandoned Saab Drakens and most of the debris variety can ever claim to be aircraft and vehicles.
After closer inspection, the situation is clearly very damaged vehicle. Old training aircraft in the rear of the trailer is more stripped-body of the plane. This cockpit control panel and space in which the pilot's seat 'was remains now battered metal mass and tangled cables.
The play remains of a third Draken shows vehicles that have been - or will soon - be used as a target range. All that remains of the former fighters are damaged plane filled with small arms fire, with torn and twisted metal around the engine nozzle. The future does look bleak for the fuselage other two (relatively) intact Draken and truck nearby. With this in mind, fuel drums and rusty iron bombs (bottom left) is warning of even more exciting things to come.

J-35 Draken made ​​from 1955 to 1974.
Retired by the Swedish Air Force in 1990, his successor is JAS-39 Gripen


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