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The Saab Project Designs by Model

Posted on 28. Jun, 2008 by .



As a follow-up to the previous writeup on the past and present Saab designers and their achievements, it was necessary to include a chronological up-to-date listing of Saab projects both production and concepts.

This listing includes each Saab project, year introduced along with each designer and/or engineer that contributed to the given project.

This list is a work-in-progress, so any additions and/or modifications that you see necessary below, please add your comments to ensure correctness and accuracy.

Photo Credits: Saab Automobile

Design Contributions by Model

SAAB Scandia 90 (1946-1958)


Bror Bjurströmer

SAAB 91 (1947-1966)


A.J. Andersson

SAAB 92001 (Prototype) (1946/1947)


Sixten Sason

Gunnar Ljungström


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The Saab Scandia 90 Prototype PT-ARS

Posted on 17. Jun, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Mario

I wrote about the Saab-Scandia 90, the first civilian airplane for SAAB, that began the usage of the 9 designation back in September. The last Saab-Scandia 90 still resides in South America outside in a museum, however, I have recently heard some news about another scandia that was around until a recent fire.

This news as of late does not consist of the the fleet as mentioned for production, this one is actually a first generation prototype titled PT-ARS.

The photograph above was kindly provided by Mario and hopefully we can even locate some actual real-life photographs of this rare prototype too!

Here is the information below by Mario, and a thank you for sharing this information!

Scandia prototype also ended its days in Brasil. It was PT-ARS ,made for Brazilian entrepreneur Olavo Fontoura who was an executive transport for Laboratório Fontoura, named “Corsário II”. It was then registered in Brasil as PT-ARS and based in São Paulo’s Campo de Marte airport. After Olavo’s death in an helicopter accident ( Hughes 300 ), it stayed inside an hangar for years. Then the plane sold to a guy who was planning to make a restaurant out of it. It was disassembled in São Paulo Campo de Marte airfield and transported by truck to the city of Franca, where it was destroyed by arson fire.

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The First Rescue Attempt of the Saab Scandia 90 – 1987

Posted on 30. Sep, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Carlos Piper taken in 1980

The Saab Scandia 90 as I indicated earlier was the first civilian airliner introduced by SAAB which also carried the first numerical designation of the number 9.

In my reading lately, I came across a passage in the recent book that I received, In Quest Of A Company Soul, that describes the first attempt that was made by Saab aircraft as well as the highly profitable Scania truck division to reclaim this last remaining historical artifact of SAAB’s history.

One thing needs to be made clear as the photo above will indicate, this aircraft still resides outside in the Museo de Armas in a small town called Bebeduoro, Brazil in South America. The excerpt below from the book indicates that this plane was rescued in 1987, but as we know it is actually incorrect, but the story itself is very interesting nontheless and a valiant attempt. One can hope that at some point again in the near future, SAAB Aircraft in Linköping can attempt to work out a deal with this museum and see that the Scandia 90 comes home.

    Lest we forget sentimentality, as demonstrated by the following story about a lost aircraft.

    On an unusually hot, steamy morning in San Paulo, I take a little twin-engine Beechcraft on a nostalgic trip to the Brazilian inland. Together with my fellow passengers I fly over forest-green mountains and beautiful alleys and land on a clay landing strip outside the godforsaken city of bebeduoro. Traveling with me is a rescue squad consisting of a finance manager and a former personnel manager. The latter is our expedition leader, and quite rightfully so considering the nature of our mission: to retrieve a member of the company, one who long ago lost her way in the South American jungle and now, with the help of my associates, will be brought back to her native country.

    And the rescue mission is a success. There, in the middle of the city in what apperas to be a deserted industrial site, we see her. Quiet and still and appearing quite tired, she looks down on me, squinting with her black “cabin eyes”. Many years ago she started an epoch. She is the last of the 18 Linköping-made Saab 90 Scandias, a remarkable twin-engine commercial aircraft, and Sweden’s first ever. By some strange twist of fate all 18 ended up in Brazil, where two crashed and 15 were scrapped after having served their intended purpose. One remained, intact but worn, and was retired to a technical museum in this sun-dried city reeking of oranges from the local marmalade factory.

    Now she is going to be bough back, removed from her exile and transported home, where she will be displayed outside the aircraft plant in which was once her home town as a reminder of where today’s SF340 has its roots. The story behind this is a typical Saab-Scania family affair.

    For many years the profit-generating Scania Division of Södertalje had to help the Saab Car Division in Trollhättan to survive until its cars achieved success. Now, Scania’s prospering Brazilian subsidiary has stepped in and contributed part of its record profits to pay the ransom for this old Saab plane, while the Aircraft Division at home in Linköping feverishly searches for new markets and new projects to achieve stability.

    But the rescue mission in Bebeduoro has another side to it – about a company searching for its roots.
    A company is like a multi-storied house where the people grow up and live their lives, where junk is stored in the basement and memories in the attic in boxes like old toys. All the while the house is extended and renovated and people move in and out. But deep inside, it is still the same old house.

    As an adult, a person can suddenly be overtaken by a desire to relive his childhood. When the impulse strikes, you suddenly find yourself up in the attic digging around among things you’d forgotten you had. You take out old photo albums, sign on seeing the remnants in your old toy box and ask yourself, “Remember?”

    You take down your dusty old toy car and put it – as you would a valuable – on a shelf in your living room. You see your life reflected in things; hopes and dreams become comprehensible. You see relationships and suddenly feel you have loved your life, how there is so much left though so much has already passed.

    Yesterday the Scandia, today the SF340.

    Every generation is in debt to the one before it and has something to pass on to one after it. You cannot expect your successors to have to rediscover everything.

 Sometimes a company also has to seek out its own roots in order to better understand its future.

Source: In Quest Of A Company Soul, by Bertil Torekull

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SAAB Scandia 90 : The Last One On Earth

Posted on 26. Sep, 2007 by .


The SAAB Scandia 90 also known as project CT for (Civilian Transport), was SAAB’s first civil airliner. It was originally developed in 1944 in conjunction with ABA (Swedish Air Lines) to replace their DC-3’s and had its maiden voyage in November 16th of 1946. The seating capacity was equivalent to the more recent SAAB 340 aircraft with approximately 30 seats.

The Scandia aircraft began to see it’s focus change when new priorities came to SAAB by the Swedish Navy request that they redirect most of their resources to the SAAB J29 aircraft instead. At this point, SAAB needed to recover their costs involved in the massive investment they already in this attempt to get into the commercial airline industry. SAAB eventually attempted to sell the Scandia production division to FIAT who expressed interest, however it was FOKKER of the Netherlands that took over the ownership of the production on May 2nd, 1954. As part of this agreement, FOKKER completed a batch of six final aircraft beginning in April of 1954 where two were sold to VASP in Brazil and four to Scandinavian Airline Systems (SAS) in Sweden. Unfortunately, shortly after this agreement was made, FOKKER’s resources ended up becoming saturated with the creation of a product line for a new generation of pressurized airplanes. This production line for the 6 Scandia 90’s by FOKKER ended in October of 1954, not long after they started. Three years later (1957), VASP in Brazil bought all of the remaining fleet of Scandia 90’s from SAS. VASP operated the Scandia 90 until it’s last revenue flight which was on July 22nd, 1969. There were a total of 18 Scandias built (1944-1954). The Scandia 90 was also the first use of the designation with the number 9 took place, marking the birthplace of the “9” designation for civilian projects that was eventually used for future aviation (SAFIR 91) projects, and ultimately the Saab automobile car until present day.

As I mentioned earlier, the last remaining Scandia 90 on the earth is located outside in a museum in the village of Bebeduoro, Brazil in South America. This museum is titled the Museo de Armas and is managed by curator Eduardo Andreia Matarazzo.

To take a look at their website, please visit their home page,

I also indicated previously that I was told while visiting SAAB in Linköping, Sweden back in the summer of 2005 that they have tried to buy this for their 50th anniversary in 1987, their 60th in 1997 as well as their recent 70th anniversary this year, but the owners at this museum continue to ask for a figure that is extremely unreasonable, something around 25 million dollars I recall. I sure hope that some day this museum will change their mind and sell the plane to complete SAAB’s collection of their aircraft back over in Sweden. This aircraft was a monumental and historical moment in time for SAAB and needs a new home where it could be restored to perfect working order inside and out, both mechanically and cosmetically as you can see from the photos above.

Here are the Production numbers where I have highlighted the aircraft serial number that resides in the museum in Brazil.

90001 SE-BCA Prototype
90101 SE-BSA Aerovias Brasil
90102 SE-BSB Aerovias Brasil
90103 PP-XEI Aerovias Brasil
90104 PP-XEJ Aerovias Brasil


Source: SAAB Aircraft since 1937 by Hans G. Andersson

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The Origin of Saab’s Number 9

Posted on 30. Nov, 2006 by .


The original of SAAB using the numerical nomenclature 9, is that this number was an indication that the project was a non-military, but a civilian project.

The SAAB Scandia 90 (pictured above) was the first civilian project, followed by the SAAB Safir 91, then finally the automobile being SAAB 92001 in 1946, and the beginning of production models with the SAAB 92. Here is a list of all of the the projects from the beginning until the present.

For more information about these models, please visit our “Saab designs by model number” reference list.

91 Safir (Aircraft)
94 Sonett I
97 Sonett II & III
98 Prototype
9-6X (cancelled)

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SAS – 60 Year Anniversary

Posted on 11. Nov, 2006 by .


I received my copy of “CURRENTS”, the fall issue of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Magazine. On the reverse side of their fall issue of this magazine, Scandinavian Airline Systems (SAS), has an advertisement that caught my immediate attention. The SAS advertisement depicts their 60-year anniversary in flight. Remember that SAS was the first company to fly the SAAB Scandia 90 Aircraft the same year that SAS was formed.

I find it very exciting how 2006 has been the “Anniversary Year” for Saab Automobile as well as SAAB Technologies.

If you have ever flown SAS, I highly suggest you do! They even hand you a variety of Swedish newspapers to choose from for the trip! What a great way to continue your learning of the Swedish language! Enjoy the print advertisement from SAS!

For more information on Scandinavian Airline Systems (SAS) please visit


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Saab & Commercial Aircraft

Posted on 25. Sep, 2006 by .


It was interesting to see some of Saab’s focus on emphasizing their aircraft heritage with the advertising they did on Scandinavian Airline Systems aircraft over the past year on their commercial airliners. Saab Automobile applied decals to the windows of these Scandinavian Airline Systems jets that read “the aerodynamics comes from Saab”.


Saab has had not only a heritage of building jets for the military, they also have had experience in commercial air travel as well.

The Saab Scandia 90 was Saab’s first commercial aircraft, with its first flight in 1946 and its last flight in 1969. The only remaining Saab Scandia 90 is located at a museum in Brazil.

For more information on the Saab Scandia 90 visit


Saab also made two more current jet liners, both the Saab 340 that first flew in 1983 and is presently used in a number of international carriers. For more information on the Saab 340 visit

In addition, Saab also made the 2000 which first flew in 1992, and is also still in use today, although more limited than it’s predecessor. For more information on the 2000 visit


I would like to see more Saab Aircraft in wide use today in commercial air travel, especially since the recent trend is for more small planes than the jumbo planes such as the new Airbus A380.

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