Boeing B-17 'Felix' from Sweden, c.1944 Apparently, at the end of World War II a number of U.S. Air Force B-17's made emergency landings in neutral Sweden after being damaged by German flak above Berlin. Seven of these bombers were converted by SAAB for civilian use. The countries airline ABA had lost two DC-3’s to German fighters while flying the hazardous Sweden/Scotland routes and needed replacement. A solution was found by the U.S. Air Attaché Col. Felix Hardison who offered the seven B-17’s to the Swedish government in exchange for the release of interned American airmen.
The converted planes were called 'Felixes' after the Colonel's first name. Five of them went to the Swedish airlines ABA and SILA and two were sold to Denmark. In order to accomodate the re-positioned radio room, the forward fuselage was extended.
The 'Felixes' could carry 14 passengers.
Danish 'Felix' OY-DFA called 'Stig Viking' (ex USAF 232076 'Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby').
Thanx greybeardgil..a historical document of which I will keep! the real Plane retained its characteristically prominent glass nose I note !..The CIVILIAN out fit paint looks uncomfortable,like a tight neck tie,on a line backer!After that War,the Rush was to beat the "SWORDS INTO PLOW SHARES"...then that same year,the" B-47 and the shortly later, BUFF" came along!
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2012 21:30:49 GMT -5 by beana51