Time to put this plane together at last!
The initial production version of the Lansen was the tandem-seat "A32A" dedicated attack variant, which entered service in 1955. By 1957, twelve squadrons had been equipped with the A32A for the Swedish Air Force.
Military Aircraft Restorations Corporation donated two SAAB Lansens to the United States Airpower Museum, SAAB construction numbers 32209, and 32284. In September of 2009, Estrella Warbirds Museum acquired the 32284 aircraft.
The A32A were armed with four Swedish-built Hispano Mark V 20 millimeter cannon fitted in the nose, with 180 rounds per gun. The gun ports were sealed by shutters that popped open automatically when the pilot disengaged the weapon safety. A pair of small plates under the nose prevented the ejected casings from ingestion by the engine intakes. The casings did strike the centerline external fuel tank, and so a neoprene plastic shell protected the nose of the fuel tank.
The radar used in the A32A was designated PS-431/A and was of French design, built in Sweden. These aircraft operated in groups, and as an economy measure only about 25% of them were given radars. It also seems like not all aircraft had a navigator on board, so it's likely that everybody just followed the boss.
First 32120 / FC 20 / N4767R, then 32284 / FC 24 / N4432V (FC = Försökscentralen, the establishment for flying trials) which had a contrasting black and white scheme. The airframe example, 32209 / FC 29 / N5468X, wasn't shipped to the USA, as it was airworthy and FFA had planned on shipping a Lansen wing to USA for wind tunnel testing. As it happened the testing was performed not in a wind tunnel but during the delivery flight between Septiles and Montreal in the Canadian Armed Forces' exercise area. It then spent two years at Langley and then flown to Los Angeles and was the only Lansen which was used in USA, then by Mach Two Flight Services Inc.
In 1990 all three were put up for sale, but weren't sold and were put in storage in the Mojave desert. In 2002 two, N5468X and N4432V, were donated to the United States Airpower Museum, which planned on putting one of them in airworthy condition.
|RM5A2 (=RR Avon Mk.21/21A) with Swedish afterburner|
|Height:||15' 7 "|
|Wing area:||398 sf|
|Empty weight:||16,400 lbs|
|Gross weight:||30,000 lbs|
|Maximum speed:||692 mpg / Mach 0.91|
|Cruising speed:||614 - mph / Mach 0.8|
|Landing speed:||130 mph /210 kmh|
|Range:||2,000 statute miles with external tanks|