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Sweden's Saab B17 dive bomber

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Saab B17 dive bomber:
Sweden's Saab B17 dive bomber
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Saab B17 dive bomber:
Sweden's Saab B17 dive bomber
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Design

The Saab 17 was the first original design achieved by Saab. It was to be a two seat reconnaissance aircraft. It was redesigned to be able to be a dive bomber.

Saab (Svenska Aeroplan AB) was created in 1937.

Some of the Saab 17s could be equipped with retractable skis.

Armament

The bombs were carried in the bomb bay and could be mounted on wing racks.

Prototype

The first prototype flew on May 19, 1940.

Production

The B17B was the first to enter service in 1941.

  • Prototypes: 2
  • B17A: 132
  • B17B, S17B: 76
  • S17BS: 38
  • B17C: 77
  • Total: 325

Variants

  • Prototypes: Had Bristol Pegasus engine.
  • B17A: Dive bomber. The engine used was an unlicensed built Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3G Twin Wasp.
  • B17B: The engine was a licence built Bristol Mercury XXIV.
  • S17B: Reconnaissance. Had camera.
  • B17C:
  • S17BS: Maritime patrol. Had twin floats.

Usage

Denmark and Sweden were the users of the B17.

Denmark

Denmark had one volunteer squadron based in Sweden late in World War II.

Ethiopia

After World War II 47 B17As were sold to Ethiopia.

Specifications

  Saab B-17
Type Dive bomber
Crew 2
Engine (Type)  
Cylinders  
Cooling  
HP 850
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  Saab B17A
Type Dive bomber
Crew 2
Engine (Type) SFA STWC3-G
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling  
HP 1,065
Propeller blades 3
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Rear cockpit  
Bombs  
  Saab B17B
Type Dive bomber
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Nohab My XXIV
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling  
HP 980
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
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  Saab B17C
Type Dive bomber
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Piaggio P.XIbis
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling  
HP 1,020
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 44' 11.25"
13.7 m
Length 32' 2"
9.8 m
Height 14' 5.25"
4.4 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 8,521 lb
3,865 kg
Performance  
Speed 270 mph
434 kph
Cruising speed 230 mph
370 kph
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
Wings 2: 13.2 mm MG
Rear cockpit 1: 7.9 mm MG
Bombs 1,500 lb
680 kg

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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