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JAS 39 Gripen in Detail
The Rear End

n by Martin Waligorski

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Engines and Brakes

A nice close-up of the Gripen in flight shows the mid-rear part of the fuselage and wing root. 

The white rectangles are (again) formation flying lights.

Photo: SAAB


Another in-flight photo shows the characteristic stain developing behind the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) outlet on the upper starboard side of rear fuselage. Although operational Gripens are generally held in pristine condition, this stain is a common occurrence.

Photo: SAAB


Still better view of the rear air brake. The brake plate itself is nicely faired into the rear wing fillet, with a hydraulic actuator hidden inside. The second hinge is covered by the narrow fairing above.

Photo: Björn Ringholm


Nice view of the blast tube of  Volvo Flygmotor RM12 engine (modified General Electric F404J) . Interestingly the inside of it is... magnolia pink in shade.

Photo: Björn Ringholm


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