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.

Fokker Dr.I (replica): Once in a lullaby.

Mikael Carlson’s Dr.I, with its French-built Le Rhône 9J rotary smoking gently, over the idyllic South of Sweden. One of the gems build by this Sweden’s aviation “Renaissance” man. In addition to this super triplane, he has also produced a pair of Thulin As (Bleriot XI’s), a lovely Tummelisa and a gorgeous Fokker D.VII. All with contemporary engines. This extraordinary character, an expert in early aviation, also flies his “babies” with serious panache and elan.

Photo: Daniel Karlsson (Aeroplane Monthly, July 2016 issue).

Saab J35Ö Draken: Dragonheart.

Lavish view of the efficiently designed Draken’s air intake. The aircraft in question is a modified J35D, the one acquired second-hand by the Austrian AF. This was the fastest of the J35 variants produced, powered in this case by Swedish version of the Rolls-Royce Avon 300 -the Svenska Flygmotor RM 6C.

Photo: © Juraj Bojkovsky.