Saab 91 Safir
1945
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Saab 91 Safir

Saab flew in 1945 the prototype of the Saab-91 Safir, a three-seat cabin monoplane of cantilever low-wing configuration which had retractable tricycle landing gear and was powered by a 97kW de Havilland Gipsy Major 1C inline engine. Successful testing led to the first production version, the Saab-91A, which differed primarily by having the more powerful de Havilland Gipsy Major 10 engine. Swedish airforce interest in this aircraft as a primary trainer led to a prototype powered by a 142kW Avco Lycoming O-435-A flat-six engine, first flown on 18 January 1949. This was adopted by the Flygvapen as a standard trainer under the designation Sk 50, built by Saab with the same powerplant as the Saab-91B It could be equipped to carry guns, practice bombs or rockets, and served also with the air forces of Ethiopia and Norway; in a pure training sub-variant this version was also adopted by a number of European airlines.

The Saab-91C, first flown in September having four-seat accommodation. The final production version was the Saab-91D, which introduced a number of improvements, including a new Avco Lycoming O-360-A1A engine, disc brakes and other advanced equipment that offered weight saving. When production ended a total of about 320 Safirs had been built, and examples had been sold to operators in some 20 countries.

Saab 91 Safir


Specification 
 MODELSaab-91D Safir
 ENGINE1 x Avco Lycoming O-360-A1A, 134kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1205 kg2657 lb
    Empty weight710 kg1565 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan10.6 m35 ft 9 in
    Length7.95 m26 ft 1 in
    Height2.2 m7 ft 3 in
    Wing area13.6 m2146.39 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed266 km/h165 mph
    Ceiling5000 m16400 ft
    Range1000 km621 miles

3-View 
Saab 91 SafirA three-view drawing (800 x 732)

Comments
Tommy Anthonsen, www.la9le=online.no, 11.11.2012

As a lucky owner of a SAAB 91D "Safir" (LN-MAZ ex PH-RLV)
for over twenty years I was a bit surprised to see HB-DBL
equipped with a three blade prop.
Modified with a bigger engine?

Brian Cloete, briancl=nedbank.co.za, 31.01.2012

How many of these aircraft is still flying?

Johan Runfeldt, johan.runfeldt=comhem.se, 22.07.2011

It looks even more like the Bü 181, and for good reason. The designer, A J Andersson worked for Bücker during the 1930s.

Karl, 21.07.2010

It looks like the Bf-108.

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