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SAAB B17A. A photo. Characteristics.
SAAB B17A. A photo. Characteristics.

SAAB B17A. A photo. Characteristics.


A type: single-engine light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft

Crew: A crew of two, arranged one behind the other

First designed and built by the Swedish company SAAB (Svenska Aeroplan AB - SAAB) V17 plane began its life in 1937 year as a two-seater reconnaissance monoplane L10. Adhering to a strict neutrality, Sweden found itself in a difficult situation, when it faced the need to acquire new aircraft for its air force in preparation for World War II, while traditional suppliers from Germany, the United States and Britain could not carry out her orders.

In this regard, the company SAAB was organized with the dual purpose of construction of foreign aircraft under license and work on the new Swedish project. Equipped with a licensed engine plane V17 was a conventional design, capable of carrying a bomb load inside the fuselage, as well as outside. Its rugged design allows the aircraft as well as a dive bomber, at the same time the company SAAB proposed modifications, equipped with floats and skis. The first modification that entered into service at the end of 1941 years, was V17V (equipped with an engine "Mercury" XXIV of the company "Bristol"), which was followed by modification V17S (equipped with an engine P Xlbis RC 40 of "Piaggio") and, finally, the modification V17A with engine "Twin Wasp". On December 1 1941 16 years prior to September 1944 years 322 production aircraft were built.

Jets V17 were equipped with six light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft wing Swedish Air Force. Finally, a military operation plane was shot 1948 year, although the aircraft were to 20 1960-ies as towing targets for the Swedish Air Force, served by civilians. The only foreign buyer V17 aircraft in 1947 year was Ethiopia, when it acquired 46 former Air Force aircraft modification A, which remained in operation until 1970-ies.

Basic data


  • Length: 9,8 m
  • Wingspan: 13,7 m
  • Height: 4 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 2600 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 3970 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

Maximum speed: 435 km / h

Range of flight: 1800 km

Power point: R-1830 «Double Wasp"companies "Pratt & Whitney"

Power: 1200 l. from. (895 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • 18 May 1940 years


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • V17A


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