Report of a group visit to the Swedish Air Force 90th birthday anniversay at Malmen Air Base in August 2016. The Swedes put up a great show and displayed a lot of their inventory to the public with some rare opportunities for the aviaton enthusiast added as a bonus.
2016 is the year that the Swedish Air Force celebrates its 90th anniversary. The main event of the celebrations was an Open House with international airshow (#Flygdarna) on the last weekend of August at Malmen Air Base near Linköping. Linköping is the cradle of Swedish aviation. It is here that the first flying school was based and it is the home of Saab Aerospace & Defense. About 1/3 of the working population is employed in aerospace. The military base Malmen houses a number of units that are not often seen outside their home country and it is also home of the Central Air Force Museum. Plenty reasons to make a tour to Sweden. Therefore 13 travellers met up at the well-known meeting point at Schiphol Plaza in the morning of Thursday 25 August for their flight to Stockhol-Arlanda. After landing and collection of the luggage we took the shuttle to the rental car center. From the bus we spotted two C-32As on one of the platforms. Mr. Joe Biden and his team were in Stockholm for negotiations. After picking up our two vans, the first stop was to add these two birds to our collections. After this we joined the heavy traffic in Stockholm and made our way to our hotel in Norrköping, home for the next few nights.