This Week’s Hints to help you along:
- A surprising different Swedish type, maybe not Swedish design (inspired by Focke-Wulf?).
- Developed due to an embargo on Sweden (and others) imposed by the United States.
- A wooden wonder, built of locally available materials — and therefore very lightweight.
- Everywhere except high altitude, it could hold its own against a P-51D Mustang.
So do you know what this aircraft is?
5 thoughts on “Not Typically Swedish”
Indeed, this does look like a Focke-Wulf FW-190 clone! It was the FFVS J 22! It was, in fact, a fully Swedish design!
Once again, Nico has gotten it — very good job! FFVS stands for Kungliga Flygförvaltningens Flygverkstad i Stockholm. The design was wholly Swedish, despite its similarity in appearance to the Luftwaffe’s famed Fw 190A series. Just 198 were built, entering service in 1943.
A question for the historians — why was Sweden subject to an enforced embargo on aircraft and aircraft parts from the United States during World War II? And what did Sweden do to get around the embargo — at least in part (pertaining to the aircraft engines)?
Yep, I used to work there. Due to a shortage of aluminum, it was made with a plywood skin. The engine was
manufactured in Sweden, a copy of a Pratt & Whitney design. Some BMW engines were produced also locally
under license. The plane was not as good as the Focke-Wulf Fw 190A. J.P.
The photo of the day is a A26 Intruder which my father Lt Col John Auer flew in Korea & after the war. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission in Korea in this plane. The black color indicates that this plane flew missions at night.
Dad’s 90th birthday is coming up soon.
If ther’e are any men who knew Dad you could send him a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll show him the picture.
I hope your magazine has great success.
John Auer, Jr
The photo can be viewed directly at the following address: