Pic of the Day: Thanksgiving Eve Fighter Candy

Here’s your day before Thanksgiving fighter candy. It’s two Swedish JAS-39 Gripens taking off from RAF Lakenheath in England to practice dogfighting this week against USAF F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles that are based there.

No word yet on how well the new-ish Gripen have fared against the older F-15s.

Here’s an Air Force statement that reveals very little about the joint-training:

“I thought the training was a huge success, and to work with our sister wing from Sweden was outstanding,” said Capt. Mike Culhane, the 493rd Fighter Squadron C-flight commander. “We executed our mission along with the Swedish pilots seamlessly. We were very impressed with the Gripen; it’s a very capable aircraft.”


  • Great looking plane, Now we just want the go-ahead to start with the NG-AC…go Sweden!

  • Guest

    The Gripen is a very impressive little fighter. Props to the Swedes.

  • jamesb

    Hope they had fun….
    Good moral and training…..
    But anybody on the last ACTUAL air to air combat on the planet?

  • Sgt K

    just have some balls to stand up to the unwelcome terrorist immigrants

    sgt k

  • Lance

    The Griphen is a newer design but lighter and designed for multirole function the F-15C is more powerful and is a straight air superiority fighter. The F-15 has the edge but it all depends on the pilots of both sides of the exercise.

    The F-15C can in a dogfight out climb and dive a Griphen anytime.


    european weapons = fail

    F-15’s gonna rule the skies.

    • Brian

      American ignorance = downfall

      • PMI

        UK Carriers = No aircraft

        • Fluoro Ninja

          UK Carriers = No aircraft because the US military industrial complex can’t get it’s sh*t together with the F-35

          • passingby

            you don’t want the F-35 anywhere in your military even if it somehow rolls off the assembly line.

    • Mastro

      The F15 HAS ruled the skies- but its not 1985 (I wish)

      The Typhoon is a better fighter – but a bit late to the fight (Cold War)

      The F15 will serve as a good bomb truck for another 15-20 years depending on airframe wear and how the F35 program goes.

    • passingby

      I’m not sure whether you’ve read anything beside American propaganda. But the Russian flankers have been beating the crap out of the US F-15 in fly offs and combat exercises since 1992.

  • Clive

    Considering that this ‘Euro weapon’ in question here out performs the Eagle in A-A fights probabaly won’t please you, the fact it costs some 10 to 20 times less to operate over a year probably annoys you off even more. Your post could be summed up as blind American arrogance at its best.. Of course your F-22’s would defeat the Gripen, when they’re not grounded and when they’re not killing the pilots that is…

    • William C.

      An F-15E with APG-82 AESA and JHMCS would wipe the floor with the Gripen. An F-15C with APG-63(V)3 and JHMCS would do the same.

      Or if you want something in the same cost range, the F-16E will do the job.

      The problems of the F-22A can and should be overcome if the production wasn’t halted and those aircraft we do have given a bare minimum of funding.

    • PMI

      “Your post could be summed up as blind American arrogance at its best.”

      —Apparently irony is a dish best served with a side of lutefisk..

    • europeanssuck

      That’s why American planes had better statistics/flight combat? Your stupid european arrogance makes me laugh.

      Now gtfo this site kid.

      • Stewie

        Anyway, my dad i stronger than your…

      • passingby

        What do you mean by American planes had better statistics / flight combat?? It’s such an amateurish sentence.

        The US lost more aircraft in the Korean War than China, USSR, and N Korea combined.

        The US lost more aircraft in the Vietnam War than China, USSR, and N Vietnam combined.

        Some veteran US pilots got shot down over N Korea by Chinese pilots with less than 50 flying hours (i.e. they were still trainees!)

        You’ve been feeding on fudged stats by the notoriously dishonest US military and government.

    • blight

      The more relevant question is how these aircraft are expected to perform against their direct adversaries, and not against NATO/American aircraft.

  • ToTheRiver

    Appreciate posting this under the title”Fighter Candy” and not “Fighter Pxxx”. Much more appropriate

  • IKnowIT

    Why the F is the USAF still in the UK? The cold war is over and the British can spend their own money to defend themselves. And to add to that, why do WE have to spend our fuel training the swedes, for Christ sake? Let the Brits do it with their Typhoons! Sounds like a great place to save some budget $$$

  • Excellent aircraft. The UK should consider buying Gripen rather than tipping billions into the F35 money pit – leave the US to disappear under crushing debt on its own.

    • PMI

      Choosing aircraft due to personal prejudices rather than strategic requirements always works out brilliantly.

      • ziv

        Still kind of chuckling at Brians post. I think the Gripen is a brilliant Gen 4 aircraft, and if the updates continue, it could, arguably, be considered to be close to a Gen 4.5 aircraft someday. But the F35 is Gen 5, and 4 F35’s would eat the lunch of 8 to 10 Gripens. Probably without the Gripens even knowing the F35’s were in the neighborhood. It is possible that the newer Gripens are better than the newest F16’s, but they are not even close to what an F35 can do.
        There is a huge role for Gen 4 or Gen 4.5 aircraft over the next 20 years, but lets not confuse them with Gen 5 aircraft and the roles that each play.

      • You are absolutely right, PMI. For the UK to discount the French and Sweedish options out of hand in favour of F35 would be prejudicial to a fair consideration of requirements.

  • jhm

    hey guys. is the gripen ng a new build aircraft? or is it possible to remake a gripen c or w/e into the gripen ng?

  • Maciek

    From what I know it is a vastly modified version. Think F/A-18C turned into F/A-18E kind of deal.

    • jhm

      Thanks! I really appreciate your answer

    • SjöRobban


      Our engine supplier(Volvo Aero) want us to modify the current version, and build upon that. But Saab wants to build “Next Generation” and that ofcourse means a completely new aircraft, ground up, start with a blank sheet of paper. Nothing has been decided yet. Ofcourse we want the GNG.

  • jimmy

    Yes gripen ng i a new bulid aircraft