100 years of flight celebrated in Linköping

Today, December 17, the 100th anniversary of flight is being celebrated
in many parts of the world. Linköping local authority, the Swedish Air
Force Museum and Saab are celebrating the occasion together, partly
involving the inauguration of a Gripen simulator at the Swedish Air
Force Museum in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers carried out the first
controlled and manned powered flight on the beaches at Kitty Hawk in
North Carolina, United States.

This is being celebrated today in Linköping, which is known as the
birthplace of aviation in Sweden. This is where "the aviation baron"
Carl Cederström opened a school of aviation at Malmslätt in 1912, and
where the first aircraft were developed by the Swedish Air Force's
Central Workshop (CVA) in Malmen. Svenska Aeroplanaktiebolaget (Saab)
began operating at the end of the 1930s, and since then has based its
development and production of military and commercial aircraft in
Linköping, up to today's JAS 39 Gripen - the world's first fourth
generation fighter in operation.

As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations, Linköping local
authority, the Swedish Air Force Museum and Saab together want to
demonstrate how important the link between the local authority, industry
and Sweden's aviation history is for the region.

"Aviation is one of Linköping's and therefore the fourth city region's
foremost competencies. The knowledge amassed over the years is envied by
many all over the world. Billions and billions are invested in other
parts of the world to achieve this," says Eva Joelsson, the Mayor of
Linköping City. "This is why we are celebrating 100 years of flight in
Linköping and it feels natural to team up with Saab and the Swedish Air
Force Museum, which represent history and the future in different ways."

Several aircraft are being displayed on large stands along the E4
European Highway outside of Linköping as part of the celebrations. In
addition, a Gripen simulator is being inaugurated at the Swedish Air
Force Museum, where the general public will be able to test their
skills. The simulator has been developed by Saab Aerosystems, and is the
result of the gift presented to the Swedish Air Force on its 75-year
anniversary in 2001. The Air Force decided to install it at the Air
Force Museum in Linköping. The Gripen simulator is being presented to
the museum today by the Commander of the Swedish Air Force, Jan
Andersson, and will be inaugurated in the presence of His Majesty the
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

For further information please contact:
Sven Scheiderbauer, Swedish Air Force Museum, +46 (0)13-28 35 64
Eva Joelsson, Mayor of Linköping City, +46 (0)705-42 29 13
Heidi Wendt, Communications Director, Saab Aerosystems, +46 (0)734-18 00

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