Norrbotten Wing

Norrbotten Wing[2] (Swedish: Norrbottens flygflottilj), also F 21 Luleå, or simply F 21, is a Swedish Air Force wing with the main base located in Luleå Airport in northern Sweden. It is one of the three remaining wings in Sweden and currently has two squadrons of multirole aircraft. F 21 in the north and F 17 in the south are the two wings remaining to have operational squadrons. F 7 is a school where pilots begin their training in the JAS 39 Gripen. Once completed the pilot's training is moved out to the two operational wings where they acquire their final training.

Norrbotten Wing
Norrbottens flygflottilj
Norrbottens flygflottilj vapen.svg
AllegianceSwedish Armed Forces
BranchSwedish Air Force
RoleRecon wing (1949–1961)
Fighter & recon wing (1961–2002)
Fighter wing (2002–present)
March"Stratos" (Råberg)[note 1]
COL Carl-Fredrik Edström
RoundelsRoundel of Sweden – Low Visibility.svg Roundel of Sweden.svg
Aircraft flown
AttackSk 60B
BomberB 4, B 5, B 17
Sk 37E
FighterJ 32B, J 35D, JA 37
Multirole helicopterHkp 3B, Hkp 4A, HKP 10A
ReconnaissanceS 9, S 14, S 18A, S 26, S 29C, S 35E, SF 37, SH 37
TransportTp 4, Tp 83, TP 87, TP 101
G 101, Se 102, Se 103, Se 104, Sk 11, Sk 12, Sk 14, Sk 15, Sk 16, Sk 50, T 18B, AJSF 37, AJSH 37, JAS 39A, JAS 39C


Parts of the Swedish helicopter forces are today stationed at F 21 with MEDEVAC in subarctic climate as its main task. The wing uses the coat of arms of Luleå as the emblem. F 21 currently operates two HKP 10B in Afghanistan.

F 21 figures in the crime novel The Red Wolf by Liza Marklund.

Current fleet:

Heraldry and traditionsEdit

Coat of armsEdit

The unit's first coat of arms, used by the Royal Norrbotten Air Base Corps was used from 1941 to 1963. Blazon: "Azure, powdered with estoiles or, the provincial badge of Västerbotten, a reindeer courant argent, armed and langued gules".[3] The unit's second coat of arms, used by Norrbotten Wing, was used from 1963 to 1994. Blazon: "Argent, the town badge of Luleå, two keys azure in saltire, sinister inverted."[3] The current coat of arms has been used since 1994. Blazon: "Argent, the town badge of Luleå, two keys azure in saltire, sinister inverted, a chief azure charged with a winged two-bladed propeller or".[3]

Colours, standards and guidonsEdit

The colour was presented to the then Royal Norrbotten Air Base Corps (F 21) at Barkarby by His Majesty the King Gustaf V on 17 September 1944.[4] The colour is drawn by Brita Grep and embroidered by hand in insertion technique by the company Libraria. Blazon: "On blue cloth in the centre the badge of the Air Force; a winged two-bladed propeller under a royal crown proper, all in yellow. In the first corner the town badge of Luleå; two white keys in saltire, the left inverted."[4] On 2 September 2014 His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf presented a new colour to wing commander colonel Fredrik Bergman. As a tradition-bearing unit of previously disbanded wings, the new colour added traditional heritage from Jämtland Wing (F 4) and Hälsinge Wing (F 15) in the form of each county's coat of arms. The town badge of Luleå, two white keys in saltire can also be found in the new colour.[5]


In 1996, the Norrbottens flygflottiljs (F 21) förtjänstmedalj ("Norrbotten Wing (F 21) Medal of Merit") in gold (NorrbffljGM) of the 8th size was established. The medal ribbon is blue with red edges and a yellow stripe on the middle.[6]

Commanding officersEdit

From 1941 to 1963, the commanding officers was referred to as kårchef ("corps commander") and had the rank of lieutenant colonel. From 1942, the corps commander had the rank of colonel. From 1942 to 1957, the commanding officer of F 21 was also commanding officer of Upper Norrland Air Base Area (Övre Norrlands flygbasområde, Flybo ÖN). When the wing organization was introduced in 1963, the commanding officer was referred to as flottiljchef ("wing commander"), and had the rank of colonel. From 1976 to 1994, the wing commander was referred to as sektorflottiljchef ("sector wing commander") and had the rank of senior colonel. From 1 July 1994, the commanding officer is again referred to as flottiljchef ("wing commander"), and has the rank of colonel.

Corps, wing and sector wing commandersEdit

Colonel Claes Isoz, wing commander 2018–2021.
  • 1941–1942: Fredrik Adilz
  • 1942–1946: Gösta von Porat
  • 1946–1951: Lars-Erik Tornberg
  • 1951–1957: Hugo Svenow
  • 1957–1959: Gunnar Lindberg
  • 1959–1965: Bengt Bellander
  • 1965–1966: Jan Oterdahl
  • 1966–1969: Tord Norlin
  • 1969–1976: Rune Larsson
  • 1976–1980: Hans Hansson
  • 1980–1982: Lars-Bertil Persson
  • 1982–1984: Bert Stenfeldt
  • 1984–1987: Carl-Johan Rundberg
  • 1987–1991: Roland Magndahl
  • 1991–1993: Kent Harrskog
  • 1993–1994: Curt Westberg
  • 1994–1998: Roland Sterner
  • 1998–2001: Frank Fredriksson
  • 2002–2005: Jan Otterström
  • 2005–2008: Lars Jäderblom
  • 2008–2011: Per Nilsson
  • 2011–2015: Fredrik Bergman
  • 2015–2018: Carl-Johan Edström
  • 2018–2021: Claes Isoz
  • 2021–: Carl-Fredrik Edström

Deputy sector wing commandersEdit

In order to relieve the sector wing commander, a deputy sector wing commander position was added in 1975. 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 1993, the deputy sector wing commander position was terminated.

  • 1975–1976: Hans Hansson
  • 1977–1979: Bror Larsson
  • 1980–1984: Carl-Johan Rundberg
  • 1984–1988: Karl-Göte Widén
  • 1988–1990: Kent Harrskog
  • 1990–1993: ?

Names, designations and locationsEdit

Name Translation From To
Kungl. Norrbottens flygbaskår Royal Norrbotten Air Base Corps 1941-07-01 1963-06-30
Kungl. Norrbottens flygflottilj Royal Norrbotten Wing 1963-07-01 1974-12-31
Norrbottens flygflottilj Norrbotten Wing[2]
Norrbotten Air Group[7]
Designation From To
F 21 1941-07-01 1957-09-30
F 21/Se ÖN1 1957-10-01 1965-??-??
F 21/Se ÖN3 1957-10-01 1981-??-??
F 21/Se ÖN 1981-??-?? 1993-06-30
F 21/FK N 1993-07-01 1994-06-30
F 21 1994-07-01
Location From To
Luleå Airport 1941-07-01


  1. ^ The march was adopted and established on 22 January 1985.[1]



  1. ^ Sandberg 2007, p. 27
  2. ^ a b Grafisk profil 2013, p. 64
  3. ^ a b c Braunstein 2006, p. 62
  4. ^ a b Braunstein 2004, p. 75
  5. ^ "Flottiljen tilldelades ny fana" (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  6. ^ Braunstein 2007, p. 101
  7. ^ Appich, Jr. 1988, p. 42



Further readingEdit

  • Andersson, Karl-Gustav; Ekström, Karl-Erik; Jonsson, Anders, eds. (2003). F 21: nyckelflottilj i norr (in Swedish). Luleå: F 21 Norrbottens flygflottilj. ISBN 9163138395. SELIBR 9002377.
  • Karlsson, Kurt; Åström, Signar; Magndahl, Roland; Blixt, Ivar (1991). F 21: 50 år och framåt (in Swedish). Luleå: Norrbottens flygflottilj. SELIBR 1278856.

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