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Originally posted by KKing123
i can't help but notice that the first plane has some interesting features, first of all, it has an arrestor hook, which would indicate a naval aircraft which makes it likely to be either an american or russian design primarily. Also possibly french of british. Not many other nations design naval aircraft. Also the design of the nozzles at the rear of the aircraft, they seem to have stealthy features more seen on late russian and american fighters like the F/A-22
Originally posted by waynos
The hook doesn't necessarily denote a carrier aircraft, that is just something that we have come to expect. It is possible that it was intended to be a STOL aircraft (as the Viggen is - it must have been part of the requirement) and the hook was to facilitate arrested landings on stretches of public road (another standard Swedish requirement).
This would have required some sort of portable arresting cable equipment and clearly seems impractical, but that doesn't mean the idea was never explored.