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Designed by Birger Hoenningstad and built by Norsk Flyindustri the Finnmark was a one off. It first flew on 17th September 1949 as a pure flying boat and subsequently had the modifications made and removed as noted above. It flew with Vestlandske Luffartselskap from 1954 on a service between Bergen, Hausegund and Stavanger until it was sold to Norranafly. The C of A expired in 1961 and the plane was scrapped in 1965, although an engine cowling is still extent in the Norwegian Aviation Museum at Bodo.
Crew 2 Passengers 12
Power plant 2 x 600 h.p Pratt & Whitney R-1340-S1H1 radials
Span 62'6" Length 46'4" Wing area 522 sq ft
Empty weight 9,666 lb Gross weight 13,100 lb
Max speed 190 mph Cruising speed 156 mph
|dan pub, 29.02.2012|
typo: Finnmark is spelt with 2 Ns
|Jan Scott, 16.02.2010|
I have flown it. Back in 1959, it was owned by my employer, Norronafly in Norway.
Originally it had a stubwing instead of the wing pontoons.
A ski-wheel combination could be retracted ito the stub wing matching the undeside contour. To save weight the system was abandoned in favor of the pontoons, which eliminated the amphibious capabilities.
|Arne Husby, 07.02.2010|
This is a 2 motor Norwegian Built Aircraft. Constructed by Birger Hoenningstad. Operate in Western Norway from 1949 to 1961. Used for Charter, news paper and passengers.
|laurent penin, 05.01.2009|
she seems very similar to the grumman goose ( with a higher tail ) . Is it a norwegian version ?
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