Saab 29 TUNNAN

At the end of 1945 after the WWII events, Sweden decided to have a strong air force based on turbojet-powered aircrafts. For this purpose, the Saab company initiated a development program of a new fighter that would cover the expectations. After more than two years of work, in September 1948, the first J-29 prototype made its maiden flight. However, it would not be until May 1951 when the first J-29A Tunnan entered service. Later came the J-29B fighter improved variant, the J-29C for air reconnaissance and a single J-29D with British Ghost RM2A engines for trials purposes. The Tunnan family was completed with the J-29E fighter, (which were earlier improved with new RM2B engines), the last fighter variant J-29F, and the A-29F ground attack version. Altogether 661 J-29 Tunnan were manufactured, that were in service with the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) until 1976.

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Fighter aircraft

Entered service




Combat weight

J-29A: 6,060 kg – J-29F: 8,375 kg

Dimensions (length x wingspan x height)

10.13 x 11.00 x 3.75 meters

Wing area

24.10 m2

Power plant

J-29 A to C: 1 x Svenska Flygmotor RM2 (de Havilland Ghost) turbojet, 22.2 kN (11,854 hp)
J-29F: 1 x Svenska Flygmotor RM2B turbojet, 27.5 kN (14,685 hp) with afterburner


Max. 1,060 km/h

Climb rate

J-29F: 1,926 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

J-29A: 13,720 meters – J-29F: 15,500 meters


2,700 km

Combat radius

1,300 km


4 x 20mm Hispano Suiza Mk.V fixed guns


A-29F variant: 145 mm anti-armor – 150 mm HE – 180 mm antiship – 75mm air to air

Air-to-air missiles

J-29F: Saab RB-24 (licensed built Sidewinder)


661 of all variants