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Fuel tanks on Safirs that were ferried to Ethiopia

Posted: 15 Nov 2008, 10:01
by rpiereck
I am looking for some information on the extra fuel tank that was installed on that SAAB Safir that did the long distance ferry flight from Sweden to Ethiopia, specifically I am looking for the fuel quantity on the tank. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks!

Re: Fuel tanks on Safirs that were ferried to Ethiopia

Posted: 01 Jan 2009, 13:20
by DNovet
Might be a bit late, but nevertheless...

If I remember right, those planes were a batch of 12 aircrafts that were quite special.

Saab had already switched to manufacturing of the C-model and already had a batch of wings, but still B-fuselages.
Practical as they are, they simply fitted a valve in the fuel-piping. Fuel to the engines was fed from the wingtanks, which were filled in turn by the tank in the fuselage by means of gravity.

Thus, they had an endurance of 7 to 8 hours...

And I could imagine they just made intermediate landings, as even with that flight-time, you won't make it non-stop.

Again, this is from memory, could very well be I'm mistaken. There was a batch of special-Safir's, and they went to a customer on the african continent, but I'm not sure whether they were the ones sold to ehtiopia or not...