U.S Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji Gets a #Gripen Ride

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In 2010, we blogged about US Ambassador to Finland Bruce Oreck who flew on an F18 with the Finish Air Force.  In 2011, US Ambassador to India Tim Roemer and then Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro had their rides of a lifetime in a Lockheed Martin F/16 Super Viper and Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet respectively during Aero India.

Yesterday, the U.S ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji got a ride in a  with test pilot Marcus Wandt. We missed this but in 2013, her predecessor, Ambassador Brzezinski also got a Gripen ride.

According to Wikipedia, the Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force.

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US Embassy Sweden: Ambassador Brzezinski Visits Facebook Server Site

Via US Embassy Sweden/Flickr: On February 2, 2012 Ambassador Mark Brzezinski concluded his tour of Norrbotten by having lunch at Governor Per-Ola Eriksson’s residence in Luleå, visiting the site of the Facebook servers, a visit to Aurorum Science Park together with the Mayor of Luleå Karl Petersen and visiting Swerea MEFOS, a metallurgical research institute.  Photo #22 shows the brick with his name on it at the server site construction.

Photo from US Embassy Sweden/Flickr
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