29C - SAAB 29 ”Flygande tunnan” (1954-1970)
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the WWII, SAAB designed a fighter aircraft with swept wings and built
around the license-built Ghost engine (RM 2, 2.270 kp). Due to the large cross section of the engine, the
aircraft was from the beginning was nicknamed ”Flygande tunnan (the
29 was developed primarily as a fighter-interceptor aircraft, but
versions for reconnaissance and attack were also produced. Totally 661
SAAB 29 were built.
S 29C was the photo reconnaissance version. The test aircraft flew for
the first time in June 1953. 76 S 29C were delivered to the Air Force
S 29C was based on the J 29B fighter version. The nose section was
redesigned to get room for the camera equipment. Later, the aircraft got
the ”saw-tooth” on each wing, from the beginning introduced
on the J 29E
variant. This permitted a higher Mach number.
seven cameras could be fitted. The standard installation consisted of
four large scale SKa 10
cameras of 92 mm focal length, two vertical and two oblique mounted.
Further one wide-angel SKa 15
camera (15 mm focal length) for mapping and high-altitude vertical
photos, and one vertical mounted Ska
5 camera of 25 mm focal length.
S 29C was also equipped with Rear Warning Radar, indicating intercepting
fighters in the rear sector.
A camera sight was fitted to allow the pilot to start the cameras
more exact above the target. The aircraft lacked any armaments.
S 29C were used by the Swedish UN forces in Congo in the beginning
of the sixties. It showed an outstanding serviceability even under
at top: A group of four S 29C from Wing F
Malmen. SwAF/n 29961
closest to the camera.
Photo at top: A group of four S 29C from Wing F 3 at Malmen. SwAF/n 29961 closest to the camera.
For the Model Builder
Heller has a plastic model kit of "Tunnan" where the builder can choose between two versions: S 29C code white B from the Swedish UN forces in Congo (F 22) or J 29E code yellow H from Wing F 4. Scale 1:72: The edition we ourselves have built (the box to the right) had Heller's catalouge number 260.
A group of four S 29C from Reconnaissance Wing F 11 at Nyköping. SwAF/n 29929 closest to the camera.
|Models in scale 1:72 displayed at Flygvapenmuseum (Swedish Air Force Museum). Builder Göran Sebardt, Eskilstuna.|
|© Lars Henriksson||