Witness The Smoothest Jet Fighter Footage Ever At 345 MPH

A brand-new camera stabilizing rig was created solely to capture the majesty of the Saab Gripen fighter jet cutting open the ice cold air above Sweden. Worth it? Take a look for yourself!

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What you’re seeing is the work of action adventure cameraman Peter Degerfeldt running a Red Dragon 6K camera with a Canon 30-300m lens; selected for its “short snout.”

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The proportions were important because the camera would be mounted on a five-axis gyro attached to another jet where a missile might normally be. A longer lens would be harder to balance and every millimeter counts at 300 knots and 2.5 g’s.

Degerfeldt watched what the camera was looking at remotely from the back seat of the coolest camera car ever: another fighter jet. The setup would have cost as much as a nice new Mercedes, before you add the camera-coddling gyro (called a “gimbal” in filmspeak) to the bill.

Blue Sky Aerial, the outfit Degerfeldt works for which created this video, says air-vehicle mounted gyros have previously only been used on helicopters at speeds of up to 135 knots. That’s still quick at 155 MPH in relative groundspeed, but the absolutely breathtaking visuals you’re watching here were recorded at about double that pace.

The next evolution of the Saab Gripen is supposed to offer air forces a balance between “power, flexibility, efficiency” and be something of an all-purposes airborne peacekeeper.

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We’ll hear more about the jet when it’s officially released on May 18th. Until then, I’m going to go ahead and rewatch that video with the music on mute and this cranked way up in another window.

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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As much as I love Jalopnik, you can’t seriously be considering continuing FTA without Tyler’s analysis? There are only so many ‘shocking drone videos’ we can take or ‘this one trick that makes ISIS mad’ posts.

I know this is negative but you’re trying to continue the content, on here and other sub-blogs, without the people who made them what they were.

I can’t imagine sharing C130 stories on here without the people that made it fun to share them with - the people who understood them, laughed at them, were maybe educated by them. They’re all going to leave and post somewhere else.

Sorry.

That is very smooth footage though. Smooth. Very smooth. I probably haven’t seen smoother.