A Gripen series fighter jet has taken out the Best Solo Jet Demonstration for the second year in a row at the Royal International Air Tattoo in England.
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The new-generation Saab Gripen E fighter jet was piloted by test pilot André Brännström to win the Paul Bowen Trophy, the second win since Hungarian Air Force Captain David Szentendrei won the same award flying a Gripen C fighter jet in 2022.
The winner of the coveted award is chosen from displays flown by international air force and test pilots on 16 July, with some of the most advanced military fast jets participating.
Saab test pilot André Brännström said it was a successful first showing for the Gripen E at RIAT, which is the latest version of the fighter jet ordered by Sweden and Brazil.
“It was a real delight to show the aviation fans at RIAT what Gripen E is capable of in the air and as the Saab team, we really enjoyed the interest and enthusiasm from the public we met every day at our static display.
“We wanted to show them that this all-new Gripen E fighter is everything that they loved before about Gripen but now on an even higher level. This award shows that we hopefully achieved that and can return to Sweden happy.”
The Gripen E was one of over 200 aircraft – such as fighter jets, B-52 bomber, and air refuelling tankers – participating at RIAT in Gloucestershire, England.