Sweden: Three-in-One Plane

A neutral that always believes in being well armed, Sweden since World War II has poured billions of kronor into a potent 700-plane jet air force. Forgoing bombers, the Swedes have concentrated on interceptors, ground-attack and reconnaissance planes. But even to maintain three kinds of military aircraft is a heavy economic burden on so small a country. To cut costs, the Swedes have now designed a plane to do all three jobs: the all-weather, Mach 2-plus Viggen J37.

Named for the three-tongued bolt of lightning that sparked from Thor's hammer, the Viggen was designed by Saab (for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget)....

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