Air Staff (Sweden)

Air Staff[3] (Swedish: Flygstaben, FS) is the staff of the Chief of the Swedish Air Force.[4] It was officially established in 1936 as a result of the Defence Act of 1936 and would handle matters of a general nature. The Air Staff's duties included, among other things to assist the Chief of the Air Force with leadership of the Air Force's mobilization, training, tactics, organization, equipment and personnel to the extent that such activity was not directly related to operational activities, which was then handled by the Defence Staff.[4] In 1994, the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters took over the Air Staff's duties. In 2019, the Air Force Staff was re-established, now located in Uppsala Garrison.

Air Staff
Flygvapnet vapen bra.svg
Coat of arms of the Swedish Air Staff.
Active1936–1994, 2019–present
AllegianceSwedish Armed Forces
BranchSwedish Air Force
RoleOperational, territorial and tactical operations
March"Vingar av frihet" (Jerker Johansson)[a]
Chief of StaffCol Dennis Hedström


The Air Staff was located in these red buildings at Banérgatan 62-64 from 1943 to 1981.
It was located at Lidingövägen 24 from 1981 to 1994.

When the position of the Chief of the Air Force was created in 1925 it had a number of officers at its disposal. The Chief of the Air Force's staff was organized in 1933 in three departments: I (organization, air forces use), II (training and personnel matters) and III (intelligence about foreign air forces, etc.).[5] The Air Staff was organized om 1 July 1936 with the following organizations: Office (1936–1964), Organization Department (1936–), Education Department (1936–), Operation Department (1936–), Operation Department (1936–1964), Aviation Department (1936–1938) and the Intelligence Department (from 1936 to 1937, when its duties were transferred to the Defence Staff). In 1937 a press officer was added, in 1942 a Press Section, in 1957 a Press Detail and the 1964 a Press Department.[5]

In 1942, a Flight Safety and Accident Department (1942–1964) was added, then transferred to the Inspector of Flight Security (Inspektören för flygsäkerhetstjänsten), and a Signal and Weather Department (1942–1944). The latter was divided in 1944 into a Signal Department (1944–1957) and a Weather Department (1944–) for the Armed Forces a joint weather center.[5] In 1945 a Human Resources Department (1945) was added, and in 1948 a Cash Department (1948–1957). The Signal Department was in 1957 renamed the Telecom Department (1957–1964). The same year a Planning Department (1957–) and an Intelligence Department was added.[5]

In July 1964 the Air Staff was reorganized and sections were introduced. Subordinate to the Chief was the Chief Head Office (1964–1975), the Planning Department and the Weather Department (in 1968 transferred to the Inspector of the Weather Service).[5] Section 1 consisted of the Central Department, Signal Communications Department, Traffic Department and the Intelligence Department (from circa 1975 the Intelligence Department (from circa 1975 the Intelligence and Security Department). Section II consisted of the Organizational Department, Education Department, Personnel Department and the Press Department (from 1973 the Information Department) and from 1968 by an ADB (EDP) Department and from 1976 of the Land (Warfare) Inspection (1976–).[5]

The next major reorganization was in July 1981. The Air Staff was from now on called the Chief of the Air Force (Chefen för flygvapnet, CFV). After this reorganization the Air Staff consisted of the Chief, Planning Section FS1, System Section FS2, Human Resources Section FS3 and Education Section FS4, Organic Unit Inspection, Flight Safety Section, Weather Service Management and Administration Department.[5] The Air Staff has also included other units: the Surgeon-in-Chief of the Swedish Air Force with predecessors (1931–1969), Inspector of the Flying Safety Service (flygsäkerhetsinspektören) (1949–), Inspection of Air Surveillance (1948–1964), Inspection for Technical Services (1948–1960), Land Warfare Inspection (1956–1964), the Inspection of Base Service (1960–1964), the Inspection of the Air Force's Volunteer Activities (1961–1964), the Air Force Personnel Delegation (1959–1964), the System Inspector (1964–1981), the Inspector of Weather Service (1968–1981) and the Organic Unit Inspection (1981–).[5]

In March 1976, the Air Staff had about 370 employees.[4] Because of the reorganization in 1981, the Air Staff's workforce was decline from approximately 315 to 225.[6] The last management meeting of the Air Staff occurred on 26 March 1993.[7] The Air Staff was in connection with the Swedish Armed Forces restructuring on 1 July 1994 amalgamated into the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters as the Air Force Command.[5]


The main part of the Air Staff was from 1943 to 1981 located in the building Tre Vapen at Banérgatan 62-64 and at six other places in the Stockholm area.[4] In 1981, it moved to the building Bastionen at Lidingövägen 24 in Stockholm.[8]

The location of the new Air Staff was proposed by the Swedish Armed Forces to be established in Uppsala garrison. There the staff will move in to three larger white buildings in the southern part of the area, which were originally erected in the 1940s for the Royal Swedish Air Force College (Flygkadettskolan, F 20). There were two wings with cadet dwellings and between them a building with lecture halls and administrative premises. Upstairs there was a hall which was also used for parties. A few hundred meters north of the school house lay the cadet mess, a low white building.[9]


The coat of arms of the Air Staff was used from 1937 and 1994. It was later used by the Air Force Command 1994–1997, Air Force Tactical Center 1997–1998, Air Force Center 1998–2000 and the Air Force Tactical Command 2000–2018. Blazon: "Azure, a winged two-bladed propeller or".[10]

Chiefs of the Air StaffEdit

List of Chiefs of the Air Staff:[11]

Vice Chiefs of the Air StaffEdit

Names, designations and locationsEdit

Name Translation From To
Flygstaben Air Staff 1936-07-01 1994-06-30
Flygstaben Air Staff 2019-01-01
Designation From To
FS 1936-07-01 1994-06-30
FS 2019-01-01
Location From To
Stockholm Garrison 1936-07-01 1994-06-30
Uppsala Garrison 2019-01-01


  1. ^ The Air Staff's newly composed march, "Vingar av frihet" by Jerker Johansson is from 2020.[1] Until 1994, the Air Staff's marsch was "Flygvapnets paradmarsch" by Sernklef.[2]



  1. ^ "Marscher, filmmusik och nyskrivna verk vid flygvapnets konsert" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 22 November 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ Sandberg 2007, p. 200
  3. ^ Gullberg 1977, p. 224
  4. ^ a b c d "Regeringens proposition 1977/78:63 om försvarsmaktens centrala ledning m. m." [Government Bill 1977/78:63 on the Armed Forces central command etc.] (in Swedish). Riksdag. 1 December 1977. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Flygstaben (1936 – 1994)" [Air Staff (1936 – 1994)] (in Swedish). National Archives of Sweden. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Hit till flyttar Flygstaben i månadsskiftet september-oktober" (PDF). Flygvapennytt (in Swedish). Stockholm: Flygstaben (3). 1981. SELIBR 8257600.
  7. ^ "Sista chefsmötet vid flygstaben" (PDF). Flygvapennytt (in Swedish). Stockholm: Flygstaben (2): 2. 1993. SELIBR 8257600.
  8. ^ "FLYGSTABEN på Ladugårdsgärde" (PDF). Flygvapennytt (in Swedish). Stockholm: Flygstaben (3). 1981. SELIBR 8257600.
  9. ^ Skeri, Niklas (24 May 2018). "Svenska flygvapnet ska ledas från Uppsala". Upsala Nya Tidning (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  10. ^ Braunstein 2006, p. 57
  11. ^ Kjellander 2013, p. 18


Further readingEdit

  • Berns, Lennart (1994). Flygstaben: en minnesbok [The Air Staff: a book of remembrance] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Högkvarteret, Försvarsmakten. ISBN 91-972385-1-1. SELIBR 7796995.