F 4 Frösön

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Kungliga Jämtlands Flygflottilj
Jämtlands flygflottilj vapen.svg
Active 1926–2005
Garrison/HQ Frösön, Östersund Municipality
Wing commanders

Gösta von Porat (1926-1934)
Å Lundström (1931-1932)
E.G. Gerdin (1934-1937)
Egmont Tornberg (1937-1943)
Björn Bjuggren (1943-1947)
CO Hugosson (1947-1961)
K Rasmusson (1961-1966)
E Nygren (1966-1968)
Evert Båge (1968-1973)
H Winblad (1973-1977)
Robert Gustafsson (1977-1985)
Svante Liljedahl (1985-1990)
Gunnar Ståhl (1990-1994)
Tord Karlsson (1994-1996)
Frank Fredriksson (1996-1998)
Ola Gynäs (1998-2000)
Jan Salestrand (2000-2003)
Tommy Bengtsson (2003-2005)
Hans Hansson (2005-2006)

Lena Hallin (2006)
Aircraft flown
Bomber B 4, B 5,
Fighter J 26, J 28B, J 29F, J 32B, J 35D, JA 37, JAS 39
Utility helicopter Hkp 2, Hkp 3, HKP 10
Reconnaissance S 1, S 6, S 14, B 17A,
Trainer G 101, Se 102, Se 103, Se 104, Sk 11, Sk 12, Sk 15, Sk 16, Sk 50
Transport Tp 2, Tp 4, Tp 5, Tp 78, Tp 83

F 4 Frösön, Kungliga Jämtlands Flygflottilj, Royal Jämtland Air Force Wing, or simply "F 4", is a former Swedish Air Force wing with the main base located at Åre Östersund Airport outside Östersund on Frösön in the middle of Sweden.

History of the airbase[edit]

The airbase was set up in 1926 as the 4th Flying Corps at the old base of Jämtland Field Ranger Regiment at Frösö läger (Frösö camp). The main task was to perform reconnaissance for army units.

In 1930, the duties were extended to bombing with B 4 and later B 5 planes.

In 1936, the Flying Corps was reorganized as an own branch (the Air Force) and the unit was renamed Jämtlands Flygflottilj (Jämtland Air Force Wing).

In 1947, the wing was yet again redesigned as a fighter wing and received surplus P-51 Mustangs designated as J 26. These were only kept for five years until they were replaced by J 28A jets in 1952. Again, after only four years, they were in turn replaced by J 29A in 1956.

In 1967, the J 32B entered service at the wing only to be replaced again in 1969 by J 35D. These served until 1984 when the Saab 37 Viggen was introduced as served the wing for 20 years.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven famously served as a Munitions Systems specialist Conscript with the F 4 Wing for the duration of his 1-year compulsory military service in 1976-77.

The JAS 39 Gripen served briefly for only a year as a replacement for the Viggens until the wing was decommissioned in 2005.

The airfield is known today as Åre Östersund Airport (IATA: OSDICAO: ESNZ).


Webpage listing all air force squadrons in Sweden (in Swedish)

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 63°11′24″N 14°29′42″E / 63.1900°N 14.4950°E / 63.1900; 14.4950