Uppland Air Force Wing

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Uppland Air Force Wing
Upplands flygflottilj
Upplands flygflottilj vapen.svg
Active 1943–2003
Country Sweden
Allegiance Swedish Armed Forces
Branch Swedish Air Force
Type Wing (1940–1957)
Sector wing (1957–1965)
Wing (1965–1981)
Great sector wing (1981–1994)
Wing (1994–2003)
Role Fighter wing
Part of Second Air Group (1944–1948)
Third Air Group (1948–1966)
Eastern Military Area (1966–1991)
Middle Military Area (1991–2000)
Joint Forces Command (2000–2003)
Garrison/HQ Uppsala/Ärna
Motto(s) Labor-Effectus-Vigor ("Work-Efficiency-Satisfaction")
March "Svensk högvakt" (Berg)[note 1]
Roundels Roundel of Sweden - Low Visibility.svg Roundel of Sweden.svg
Aircraft flown
Bomber B 5, B 17
Fighter J 22, J 26, J 29, J 32, J 35, JA 37
Multirole helicopter Hkp 3B
Trainer Sk 11, Sk 12, S 15, Sk 16, S 35, Sk 50, Sk 60
Transport Tp 87, Tp 102A
G 101, Se 102, Se 103, Se 104

Uppland Air Force Wing (Swedish: Upplands flygflottilj), also F 16 Uppsala, or simply F 16, is a Swedish air force base located just north of Uppsala on the east coast of Sweden. The air base was mainly used for fighter squadrons but has had no active squadrons since 2003.


F 16 was established by buying farmland from Ärna gård and Bärby gård in 1943. The grass fields were used as runways for the air base that was founded in 1944.

The airbase was well outside the city limits of Uppsala at the time of the founding, but because of city growth, it later was adopted in as a suburb under the name Ärna as the population near the base and the city grew together.

The original emblem of F 16 was a golden sheaf of grain on a blue shield, but when F 2 Hägernäs airbase was decommissioned in 1974, F 16 took over its coat of arms of Uppland.

The Swedish government decided in 1996 that the air force wing with the squadrons would be decommissioned on December 31, 2003. The base is still active with various military schools.

The base was also home to F 20 Uppsala Air Force Academy.

The airfield is now known as Ärna or Uppsala Airport (ICAO: ESCM)

Commanding officers

From 1943 to 1981, the commanding officers was referred to as flottiljchef ("wing commander"), and had the rank of colonel. From 1981 to 1994, the wing commander was referred to as sektorflottiljchef ("sector wing commander") and had the rank of colonel 1st class. From 1994 to 2003, the commanding officer was again referred to as flottiljchef ("wing commander"), and had the rank of colonel.

Wing and sector wing commanders

  • 1943–1944: Bengt Jacobsson
  • 1944–1952: Knut Lindahl
  • 1952–1964: Karl-Erik Karlsson
  • 1964–1967: Björn Hedberg
  • 1967–1971: Gösta Norrbohm
  • 1971–1973: Sven-Olof Olson
  • 1973–1976: Jan-Henrik Torselius
  • 1976–1978: Bertil Nordström
  • 1978–1985: Karl-Erik Fernander
  • 1985–1989: Rolf Gustafsson
  • 1989–1990: Arne Hansson
  • 1990–1994: Stig Dellborg
  • 1994–1997: Ulf Sveding
  • 1997–1999: Mats Nilsson
  • 1999–2002: Tommy Pålsson
  • 2002–2003: Christer Olofsson

Deputy sector wing commanders

In order to relieve the sector wing commander, a deputy sector wing commander position was added in 1981. Its task was to lead the unit procurement, a task largely similar to the old wing commander position. Hence he was also referred to as flottiljchef ("wing commander"). The deputy sector wing commander had the rank of colonel. On 30 June 1994, the deputy sector wing commander position was terminated.

  • 1981–1983: Lars-Erik Englund
  • 1983–1985: Jan-Olov Gezelius
  • 1985–1988: Hans Hagberg
  • 1988–1990: Swen Persson
  • 1990–1992: Kjell Nilsson
  • 1992–1993: Ulf Sveding

Names, designations and locations

Name Translation From To
Kungl. Upplands flygflottilj Royal Uppland Air Force Wing 1943-07-01 1974-12-31
Upplands flygflottilj Uppland Air Force Wing 1975-01-01 2003-12-31
Designation From To
F 16 1943-07-01 1957-09-30
F 16/Se O3 1957-10-01 1965-??-??
F 16 1965-??-?? 1981-06-30
F 16/Se M 1981-07-01 1993-06-30
F 16/FK M 1993-07-01 1994-06-30
F 16 1994-07-01 2003-12-31
Location From To
Ärna Airport 1943-07-01 2003-12-31

See also


  1. ^ The march was adopted in June 1971 and established on 26 April 1976.[1]



  1. ^ Sandberg 2007, p. 18


  • Sandberg, Bo (2007). Försvarets marscher och signaler förr och nu: marscher antagna av svenska militära förband, skolor och staber samt igenkännings-, tjänstgörings- och exercissignaler (in Swedish) (New ed.). Stockholm: Militärmusiksamfundet med Svenskt marscharkiv. ISBN 978-91-631-8699-8. LIBRIS 10413065.

External links

  • Webpage listing all air force squadrons in Sweden
  • Latin mottos of Swedish Armed Forces units (in Swedish)

Coordinates: 59°53′17″N 17°36′23″E / 59.8881°N 17.6064°E / 59.8881; 17.6064

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