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.
| MODEL||Saab-91D Safir|
| ENGINE||1 x Avco Lycoming O-360-A1A, 134kW|
| Take-off weight||1205 kg||2657 lb|
| Empty weight||710 kg||1565 lb|
| Wingspan||10.6 m||35 ft 9 in|
| Length||7.95 m||26 ft 1 in|
| Height||2.2 m||7 ft 3 in|
| Wing area||13.6 m2||146.39 sq ft|
| Max. speed||266 km/h||165 mph|
| Ceiling||5000 m||16400 ft|
| Range||1000 km||621 miles|
|A three-view drawing (800 x 732)|
|Tommy Anthonsen, 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, 31.01.2012|
How many of these aircraft is still flying?
|Johan Runfeldt, 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.
It looks like the Bf-108.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?