Saab Saab-21R

Fighter / Ground Attack Aircraft

Saab J21R © Erik Frikke
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The Saab 21R is a single-engine single-seat jet fighter and ground-attack aircraft produced by the Swedish manufacturer Saab AB, Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget. The Saab-21R was designated J 21R and J 21RB by the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet). After a short time in service as fighter aircraft all Saab-21R were converted to ground-attack aircraft under the designation A 21R and A 21RB.
The Saab-21R is a development of the Saab-21 with a de Havilland Goblin 3 turbojet engine.
Propulsion1 Turbojet Engine
Engine Modelde Havilland Goblin 3
Engine Power14,9 kN3350 lbf
Speed800 km/h432 kts
  497 mph
Service Ceiling12.000 m39.370 ft
Range720 km389 NM
448 mi.
Empty Weight3.090 kg6.812 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight4.990 kg9.237 lbs
Wing Span11,60 m38 ft 1 in
Wing Area22,2 m239 ft
Length10,45 m34 ft 3 in
Height2,95 m9 ft 8 in
First Flight10.03.1947
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1950-1952
Total Production60
Developed fromSaab-21
Data for (Version)Saab J21R (Saab-21R)
VariantsJ 21R, A 21R, J 21RB, A 21RB