Douglas DC-4: To another age and time.

Swedish ABA DC-4 “Västan” and a potential passenger. That part of the world has changed “quite” a lot since then…


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.

Saab 35XD Draken: “Pretty little girl with the red dress on”.

Utterly impressive photo taken at Karup (Denmark) days before Xmas 1991. 41 of the 43 surviving Danish F-35 Drakens of the Eskadrille 725 and 729 together. The 725 was disbanded shortly afterwards, followed two years later by the 729. The red one, “Lisbon 725” (named after the ESK 725 radio callsign), had been painted in that stunning colour without official permission to celebrate the unit 40th anniversary. The authorities allowed them to retain the livery, with some code and national insignia modification, for the rest of the year. She was plainly irresistible.

Photo: Flyvevåbnet.