Model Airplane News
April, 1953

Model Airplane News Cover for April, 1953 by Jo Kotula SAAB 210 Draken

SAAB 210 "Draken"
Model Airplane News Cover Art for April, 1953
by Jo Kotula
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The Saab 210 Draken ("Dragon") was a scaled-down testbed for the double-delta concept in the development of the Saab 35 Draken fighter. Although never officially named anything but Draken by Saab, it soon became known by its unofficial nickname Lilldraken ("Little-Dragon", or "Mini-Dragon"); Its first flight was on January 21, 1952 During Stockholm's 700 year celebrations 1n June of 1953 the SAAB 210 performed an air show over central Stockholm. The aircraft currently resides in the Air Force Museum Flygvapenmuseum in Linköping.

The SAAB 210 Draken      The SAAB 210 Draken

Photos of the SAAB 210 "Draken"
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Here is a video of the SAAB 210 "Draken" in action:

In addition to the cover of Model Airplane News, this airplane was also featured in the WINGS "Friend or Foe" trading card series of the early 1950s

 Card 193 of the Wings Friend or Foe series The SAAB 210 Draken

Trading card representation of the SAAB 210 "Draken"
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