Junkers Ju 52/3m: Peaceful flying Drakkars (II).

The “Tante Ju” was not the sleekest bird in the sky, specially equipped with those huge floats, but it certainly was one of the most profitable, adaptable and dependable. With DC-3’s permission.
By the way, in this configuration the Ju 52/3m proved to be more successful than the DC-3 on floats.

Informative poster of the Swedish government-owned Aerotransport airline.


Zeppelin “Baby-Killers”: Limelights.

Precious Swedish film poster of the almost forgotten “The Sky Hawk” 1929 movie; one of the first through and through “talkie” motion picture. Among its goodies were the superb use of special effects, unlikely British fighters, chubby Zeppelins and a large-scale London miniature model.

Artist: Eric Rohman.

Heinkel He 114B-1: Modest yet valuable.

The elegant He 114 was a maritime reconnaissance sesquiplane aircraft conceived by Heinkel as a private venture around 1936. In 1937 a He 114 development model competed unsuccessfully against the Arado Ar 196 as a replacement for the Heinkel He 60. Despite that setback, the Luftwaffe ordered a few as, mainly, training aircraft. The type was phased out of service in the early war years, but not before performing discreet but very valuable actions, especially in the Black Sea.

Heinkel also seldom failed to export a usually small quantities of their pre-war aircraft they constructed. One of their users was Sweden which took a batch of 14 of the B-1 export model. A pair of them here in glorious color.

Saab 90A Scandia: The Experts’ Hand.

Conceived before the end of WW2, the Saab 90 was the Swedish answer for the commercial boom expected after the end of hostilities. Again as a another DC-3’s replacement contender.
First flown in 1946, the Scandia’s performances were as this neat poster proclaimed quite outstanding. Notwithstanding all its promise reality soon turned its ugly head stinging the Scandia twice. First, the DC-3’s were still alive, numerous, cheap and profitable making Scandia’s sellings slow and few and second, the Flygvapnet (Swedish AF) demanded Saab total commitment to their line of military fighters. In the end less than 20 Saab 90’s were produced. They became somehow famous because the Brazilian VASP company bought all the SAS fleet and operated them until 1969. Those landings at Rio…

Saab J32E Lansen: Good Doggie.

The not very well-known Lansen (Lance) was the second generation (or 1 & 1/2, maybe) jet designed by Saab company in the early 1950’s. The Flygvapnet was looking for a attack aircraft to replace their J/A21R’s and wartime vintage Mosquitoes. This yet elegant swept-wing design was conceived to be powered by the indigenous STAL Dovern. Sadly, due to time contrivances the Lansen had to make do with license-built Rolls-Royce Avon instead becoming a bit underpowered in the process. Anyway, first flown in 1955 the different variants (attack, all-weather fighter, sea recon/attack and ECM) of J32’s proved to be highly effective, with good serviceability rates and precise weaponry. Very Swedish all.

Looking every bit like a huge hound here, this ECM configured J32E of the F16 (Uppsala) on static display, 2001. Those 4 × 30 mm ADEN “holes” certainly mean business…, when they were installed.