Saab Viggen Survey & Repaint
An airframe assessment has recently been undertaken by staff and volunteers at the Newark Air Museum to establish a programme of conservation work on the Saab Viggen maritime reconnaissance / strike fighter that is displayed in Hangar 2 at the museum.
Recent appeals via social media and the museum's own website has enabled the museum to expand its Royal Swedish Air Force reference material for the Viggen aircraft. This has included the supply of appropriate paint references / specifications for the iconic 'splinter pattern' camouflage markings worn by the AJSH 37 variant at Newark.
Preliminary cleaning and detailed survey work is now well underway on the Viggen, which is displayed in Hangar 2 at the museum. This work now forms part of the museum's wider winter 2017/18 programme of work that also includes the Harvard rebuild that is ongoing in the onsite workshop. The Saab Viggen was famously flown into RAF Cranwell on 7th February 2006, where it was dismantled by the museum volunteers before being transported by road down the A17 to the museum site on part of the former World War II base, RAF Winthorpe. The End-User certificate for the Viggen aircraft stipulates that it must retain its ex- Royal Swedish Air Force colour scheme and markings.
This aircraft is the only example of the type displayed in a UK museum, and has always been a popular exhibit. As a consequence of its popularity, the museum trustees are trying to make potential visitors aware that views / access to the Viggen may be restricted during the winter months.
Photo Credits - Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions