Saab Tunnan IAF

The Saab 29 Tunnan, colloquially Flygande tunnan (English: "The flying barrel"), was a Swedish fighter that was designed and manufactured by Saab in the 1940s. It was the second turbojet-powered combat aircraft to be developed in Sweden, the first being the Saab 21R, and it was the first Western European fighter to be produced with a swept wing post World War II, only being preceded in Western Europe as a whole by the Me 262 built during the war.

Despite its rotund appearance, from which its name is derived, the J 29 was fast and agile and served effectively in both fighter and fighter-bomber roles into the 1970s.

At the end of the 1950s Saab sought export customers for the Tunnan. One the interested parties was the Israeli Air Force. After an evaluation period, competing against the French Super Mystere, Israel bought 32 Tunnans. Later a further 58 were ordered.

Model: Pilot Replicas 1/48

Last updated: 04/01/2023