Saab 91 Safir


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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

 MODELSaab-91D Safir
 ENGINE1 x Avco Lycoming O-360-A1A, 134kW
  Take-off weight1205 kg2657 lb
  Empty weight710 kg1565 lb
  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
  Max. speed266 km/h165 mph
  Ceiling5000 m16400 ft
  Range1000 km621 miles

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

Tommy Anthonsen, e-mail, 11.11.2012 00:33

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, e-mail, 31.01.2012 18:07

How many of these aircraft is still flying?


Johan Runfeldt, e-mail, 22.07.2011 18:21

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 00:59

It looks like the Bf-108.


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