DETLEF BILLIG COLLECTION
No. 9243. Noorduyn Tp 78 Norseman (78001 c/n 492) Swedish Air Force
Photographed at Flygvapenmuseum, Linköping, Sweden, by Detlef Billig

Noorduyn Tp 78 Norseman

09/30/2009. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "After WW II about fifteen ex-RCAF and ex-USAAF Norseman's were registered in Sweden, eventually three were operated by the Swedish AF for SAR and flying ambulance service, designated Tp 78, s/n 78001 to 78003.

The pictured aircraft was produced as an UC-64A for the USAAF with s/n 43-35418. Withdrawn from military service while based in Germany, it was bought by the Swedish company Industridiesel on February 14, 1946. It was ferried by USAAF pilots to Bromma near Stockholm on March 4, two days later it was damaged on landing at Boden, in the north of Sweden. The damaged tail and wings were repaired by Swedish AF F 21 (F = Flottille, Wing) at Luleå, and subsequently it was registered to Norrlandsflyg AB as SE-ASC and named 'Sarek'.

After more than a year of service with Norrlandsflyg, the aircraft was returned to Industridiesel, and was sold to the Swedish AF in April 1948 and served with F 2 at Hägernäs, Stockholm till it was transferred to F 4 at Frösön, Jämtland in September 1954. In 1959 the aircraft returned to civil service, was registered to Jämtlands Aero as SE-CLZ, in 1970 it was registered to Turistflyg i Arjeplog AB.

In Spring 1980 the aircraft was sold to the Stiftelsen för Flygvapenmuseum (Air Force Museum Foundation) and presently on display at the museum finished in its previous military markings. Note: The aircraft lacks the original floats, SAAB S 17BS floats are fitted as replacements."

Read the type remarks on page 11930.

Created September 30, 2009