Watch Swedish Pilots Put the Phrog Through Its Paces

Airshows tend to be the stomping grounds of hotshot pilots who can push their aircraft to the very limit and then some. For the most part, these pilots tend to fly fixed-wing aircraft, but every so often, you get lucky and a rotary pilot comes across. Watch as two Swedish Air Force pilots put a CH-46 Sea Knight through its paces with every insane maneuver possible with the tandem-rotor medium lift helicopter.

The Swedish Air Force was the only country outside of North America to operate the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight (also known as the “Phrog”) in a military role, and boy did they know how to fly ’em! Beginning procurement in the early 1960s, Sweden took delivery of ten UH-46Bs for use in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and as battlefield troop transports. In less than ten years, the Swedes, who apparently loved the versatility of the Phrog, decided to buy eight more license-built versions from Japan. The last of the Swedish Phrogs were retired just four years ago, having served nearly forty years until their replacement.


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5 Comments on Watch Swedish Pilots Put the Phrog Through Its Paces

  1. ErlIng Rolfson // February 14, 2016 at 08:46 // Reply

    let see that is 16 46’s right, that doesn’t even make one full squadron. We should of had that guy shoot a couple of tight approaches in Vietnam under fire

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  2. The Speaker says the pilots used to be Strike Pilots from F15 Söderhamn which flew the AJ37 Viggen. Which makes sense as this is an air force Sea Knight, the air force later got the Super Puma for Search and Rescue so all their Sea Knights where transferred to the navy!

    Sweden also had the Oldest flying Sea Knight TAB-II which was the second prototype and flew the first time in 1958!
    It was bought as a replacement because of a crash in Swedish service it’s number was Y64 and the helicopter type called HKP4.


  3. Saudi MOI also operated Seaknight variant outside North America


  4. According to sources in Sweden, who attended the airshow, it took placering at the now discontinued F4 airbase at frösön (Östersund, Jämtland).
    It was at the Swedish Airforce annual airshow in 1986.

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