You’ve Never Seen a Saab Fighter Jet Quite Like This Before
There’s something so captivating about high-speed aerial film and photography. For many, it’s a perspective that few will observe firsthand, and perhaps it’s just human nature to want to exceed our terrestrial limitations. Regardless, modern camera technology is making this aerial experience better and more accessible than ever, and this stunning footage is just about as close as you can get to actually being in a cockpit, speeding along in excess of 350 mph. The footage comes from Peter Degerfeldt of Blue Sky, who was commissioned by Saab Defense and Security to film its high-tech Gripen multirole fighter aircraft. Degerfelt employed a 5-axis gyrostabilized filming platform, mounted underneath to the Gripen’s weapon hardpoint, and the rock-solid results are breathtaking. RELATED: The 2011 Saab PhoeniX Teases What Could Have Been
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The surreal footage almost looks like a video game cutscene in appearance, due to its steady and sweeping action shots, all of which were captured in the skies above northern Sweden, in the Arctic Circle.
According to Degerfeldt, the crystal clear video was captured on a Red Dragon 6K camera using a 30-300mm Canon lens. Further action shots of the Gripen multirole fighter jet were recorded from a trailing Saab 105 trainer aircraft.
"It was a dream come true," said Degerfeldt after the maiden flight. “It couldn’t have gone better, no problem whatsoever at those speeds.” The film crew even attempted to upset the camera setup with high speed maneuvers, but the 5-axis proved steady. “I could zoom all the way in at 300mm, still rock solid at 300 knots; that’s pretty brutal.”
The Saab Gripen multirole has been in service since 1997, having been developed in the 1980s, and on May 18th the Swedish fighter jet manufacturer will reveal its latest next-generation version of the aircraft.
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