The Saab JAS 39 Gripen, first flown in December of 1988, was not officially introduced until November of 1997. Built by the Swedish auto manufacturer Saab, it was designed to replace previous iterations produced by the company including the 35 Draken and 37 Viggen. The multi-purpose aircraft is now in service in seven nations, primarily operating with the Swedish Air Force.
This limited edition, 1/72 scale, die cast model — a replica of a Gripen flying with the Czech Air Force — features engraved panel lines, a glazed canopy, a well-equipped cockpit, a realistic pitot tube, an impressive selection of wing-mounted weaponry, a detailed exhaust nozzle and air intakes, extended landing gear, authentic markings, and a mid-flight display stand. Measures approximately 7¾" long with a 4¾" wingspan.