Saab B 17B: Scandinavian no-nonsense.

With the building of the Northrop 8-A 1 under licence, the ASJA/Saab company found themselves with the knowledge to design and manufacture modern all-metal monoplanes. So in the Spring of 1940, Saab offered the Swedish authorities their all-new type 17 aircraft. This was, at first, intended to fulfil a recon aircraft role, but soon was redesigned as a dive bomber. First flown in 1940, the Northrop’s roots were quite evident in the successful prototype. Production soon started in three basic models powered by three different engines; Sweden was a neutral country and engines were hard to produce or find. A total of over 320 of these sturdy aircraft were build.

A pair of stupendous looking B 17B (980hp Bristol/Svensk Flygmotor Mercury XXIV) from Wing F 7 in this gorgeous photo. The backward folding undercarriage with its bulky covers looked dated. That odd design choice was employed to keep the wing free of any landing gear recesses, and stronger accordingly. Not a bad idea for a dive bomber.

Seversky EP1-106: Just Because (LXII).

The P-35 was chosen by the Royal Swedish AF to modernise its fighter component in the late 1930s. A hundred and twenty already obsolescent P-35A (EP1-106) were ordered in total, but only half of them entered service. By 1941 ominous signs were in the horizon and the United States found themselves in need of fighters, any fighter. They took the last sixty Swedish Severskys; they were that desperate. Forty-five were later consumed in the Philippine bonfire.

As this superb colour photo shows the J9 (its local designation) had a lengthened fuselage compared to the P-35. It was better armed too, with an additional pair of underwing .50 HMGs. Operated by the 8 Fighter Wing, these pair wear the “Italian” Sand and Spinach camo adopted during 1943. The same their Italian “cousins” had, which the Swedish also operated. The smart looking 1st Lieutenant Arne Frykholm rides a neat German DKW NZ-350 motorcycle.

Örnen Balloon: Recklessly bold.

A precious document of the departure of Swede Auguste Andrée’s Örnen (Eagle) balloon. Him and two companions left Danes Island in 1897 with their hydrogen balloon and set course for the North Pole. The three never ever returned, alive. Their remains were found on the White Island in 1930, and returned home.

Yep, it’s cold outside.

Boeing 747-283B: Smaklig Måltid!!

When SAS ordered it first Jumbos they chose to follow a quite different approach. In their “Huge Viking” 747-283Bs instead of maximize the passenger capability, they just put around 350 seats in order to give more space and comfort to those few. First class passengers specially won, with a lounge in the upper deck. As we can see in this photo, passenger service was also of a high standard for those fortunate enough, chef included.

When air travel was not as affordable as today I know, but remember this photo when you´ll get the “chow” on your next flight. It’s dinner time here and it shows.

Sud Aviation Caravelle III: As time goes by.

In Jan. 1, 1959 the Scandinavian airline SAS brought four of their lovelier stewardesses to London in order to promote the company’s new services. There they took part in the “Talk of the Town” show. That show theme was the air services of the present and the future. This checky photo of the show rehearsal portraits one of those SAS stewardess, Birgitta Lindmaair, representing the state of the art of the day and the “Air Hostess of the Future”, showgirl Shirley Ambrose. Lindmaair didn’t look too convinced

A truly terrific and non-controversial Caravelle III model as a background.