Sweden's Prince Daniel has flown Gripen

During a visit to F21 in Luleå, northern Sweden, Prince Daniel took part in an orientation flight aboard a JAS 39 Gripen. The pilot was Squadron Commander Jörgen Marqvardsen. 

Image: Prince Daniel tries the JAS 39 Gripen. Photo: Johan Brolin, Swedish Armed Forces

Image: Prince Daniel tries the JAS 39 Gripen. Photo: Johan Brolin, Swedish Armed Forces

According the the website of the Swedish Armed Forces, the Prince remarked during his visit:

"When The Crown Princess and I last visited F21 I had the opportunity to fly a JAS 39 simulator. When I was invited back to F21 to fly an actual JAS 39 I accepted immediately.

The JAS 39 system represents cutting-edge technology combined with experienced and skilled staff. Today's in-depth insight has given me a real understanding of just how much the Swedish contribution is appreciated in connection with the operation in Libya.

In conclusion, The Crown Princess and I would like to take the opportunity to send our best wishes to all those who are involved in various international operations around the world."

Image: Prince Daniel before take-off. Photo: Johan Brolin, Swedish Armed Forces

Image: Prince Daniel before take-off. Photo: Johan Brolin, Swedish Armed Forces