The Sixteen Fifteen SAAB Aircraft Engineers

Posted on 28. Jan, 2009 by in 2000-2009, Designers, Linköping, Sweden, Trollhättan, Sweden

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This past August of last year, I asked you who the original sixteen SAAB aircraft engineers were that created the first SAAB Automobile prototype in 1946. This SAAB prototype was the 92001 touted as “Ursaab”, was originally designed and fabricated by these engineers in Linköping, Sweden just prior to moving to the current home of Saab Automobile in Trollhättan, Sweden.

In my quest to determine who each of these original sixteen aircraft engineers were, I have gathered nine names so far, after scanning through both the Saab History video and book archives.

Today, I got a nice comment from a Berth Olofsson involved in with SAAB back then telling us all of the details and the fact that it was not 16 aircraft engineers, but 15 in addition to the following information:

Furthermore, Mr. Olofssson is going to be writing a book on the most anonymous of all aircraft engineers, Hugo Möller as he put it. I can’t wait to read it!

Here are his complete updates to the list of aircraft engineers below:

‘Ursaab’ is new name.
The workname was ‘Ettan’ which in English is ‘The One’ or ‘Number One’.
The number of engineers were aproximately fifteen, depending on how much you consider their involvment.

1) Gunnar Ljungström, SAAB’s chief engineer, was at the same time responsible for the construction of
the wings for the fighter air craft J 29 so he was working part time on the
prototypes.
2) Sixten Sason, SAAB Chief designer was a designer consultant on a shared time basis.
3) Rolf Mellde was not one of them, four prototypes were already completed and the fifth on the way when he was employed in Trollhättan
4) Olof Landbu, Chief Test Engineer, was not involved in the construction and assambly of the prototypes but responsible for the tests when they were ready built
5) Svante Holm, Chief Engineer, worked at Fläktfabriken in Jönköping when the prototypes were
built but at the same time confidentially project leader for the prototypes
and later on the manager for the plant in Trollhättan.
6) Hugo Möller, was working full time from the start on the 7th of January,
1946. and was responsible for tool construction and assambly and the only person working full time on the prototypes.
7) Olle Lindgren, not Lindqvist, was engine specialist.
8) Tore Svenson – chassis.
9) Tage Flodén
10) Hans Osquar Gustavsson – hood and front.
11) Erik Storerkers – body.
12) Nils Lidro – geometric
13) Bertil Baerendz?
14) Bror Bjurströmer
15) Hermansson?

I have more names but not available right now about exhaust system, wheels and axels, floor, wheel houses etc.

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  1. Berth Olofsson

    27. Jan, 2009

    ‘Ursaab’ is new name.
    The workname was ‘Ettan’ which in English is ‘The One’ or ‘Number One’.
    The number of engineers were aproximately fifteen, depending on how much you consider their involvment.
    Rolf Mellde was not one of them, four prototypes were already completed and the fifth on the way when he was employed in Trollhättan.
    Olof Landbü was not involved in the construction and assambly of the prototypes but responsible for the tests when they were ready built.
    Olle Lindgren, not Lindqvist, was engine specialist.
    Hugo Möller was responsible for tool construction and assambly and the only person working full time on the prototypes.
    Tore Svensson – chassi.
    Hans Osquar Gustavsson – hood and front.
    Erik Storerkers – body.
    Nils Lidro – geometric
    Bertil Baerendz?
    Bror Bjurströmer
    Hermansson?
    I have more names but not available right now about exhaust system, wheels and axels, floor, wheel houses etc.

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