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Many USAAF aircraft landed in neutral Sweden during World War II. The Swedish authorities arranged to buy many of these from the US, to supplement their limited and aging aircraft stocks. The B-17 Flying Fortress was selected for conversion to an airliner, and Saab undertook the work. This book tells, for the first time in English, the story of these aircraft and their subsequent careers, in Sweden, Denmark and France. No other B-17s were ever used as airliners, so this is a unique addition to the well-known history of the Fortress.

Illustrated with many photos, both contemporary and of surviving airframes, and with color profiles of the color schemes carried by these aircraft. Detailed plans of the modified airframes are included.

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“…combines well written narrative…with period photographs.” (Model Airplanes International) Jan Forsgren has an MA in History. He has had five books published previously, including two in English; ‘Swedish Fortresses’ and ‘Messerschmitt Bf 108’, both for MMP, as well as hundreds of aviation-related articles for various aviation magazines, including ‘Aeroplane’, the ‘Aviation Historian’ and ‘FlyPast’. He has also written articles on the Air Forces in South East Asia that are available on www.aeroflight.co.uk For Fonthill, he has written ‘Sinking the Beast: the 1944 RAF Lancaster Raids Lancaster Raids’.

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  • PDF | 160 pages
  • MMPBooks; Pck Har/Pa edition (February 9, 2011)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By DS on January 4, 2014

    PSbooks, operating out of Great Britain, accurately descripes the condition of the books they are selling and provides outstanding service. In the rare occassion I have had a problem with an order, they handled it promptly and always to the customers satisfaction. I have purchased many books from them in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

  • By John Matlock on February 17, 2011

    These were the only B-17's used for scheduled airlane passenger service. Indeed, the FAA had ruled that the B-17 could not be used for carrying passengers by American airlines. (I can't imagine why!)When you see a B-17 in the movies it looks like it is a big airplane. When you see one in real life it is surprisingly small. Barely enough room in it for the waist gunners to stand up. As such, when converted to a passenger plane, it only held 14 passengers, fewer than a DC-3, and with four engines its fuel consumption was twice that of a DC-3. Only the general circumstances of World War II, when all aircraft were in high demand by the military did it make sense for a country like Sweden to convert bombers to passenger service. Only 7 planes were converted, making this a very unusual variant of the Flying Fortress.


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