Saab Saab-17 (B 17 / S 17)

Dive Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft

Saab B17A, SE-BYH / 7-J, c/n 17239 © Jan Jorgensen
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The Saab 17 is a single-engine two-seat dive bomber and reconnaissance aircraft produced by the Swedish manufacturer Saab AB, Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, in service with the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) during World War II. The bomber version was designated B 17 and the reconaissance version S 17.
The Saab 17 was Saab's first own aircraft project. The Saab 17 could be equipped either with wheels, skis or floats. The B 17A was powered by a Swedish built Pratt & Whitney R-1830-SC3G Twin Wasp radial engine, the B 17B and the S 17B by a Swedish built Bristol Pegasus XXIV radial engine and the B 17C by a Piaggio P.XIbis RC.400 radial engine.
Propulsion1 Radial Engine
Engine ModelPiaggio P.XIbis RC.40D
Engine Power760 kW1019 hp
max. Cruise Speed370 km/h200 kts
  230 mph
max. Speed (vne)435 km/h235 kts
  270 mph
Service Ceiling9.800 m32.152 ft
Range1.700 km918 NM
1.056 mi.
Empty Weight2.680 kg5.908 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight3.870 kg8.532 lbs
Wing Span13,70 m44 ft 11 in
Wing Area28,5 m307 ft
Length10,00 m32 ft 10 in
Height4,15 m13 ft 7 in
First Flight18.05.1940
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1941-1944
Total Production325
Data for (Version)Saab B 17C
VariantsSaab B 17A, B 17B, B 17C, S 17BL, S 17BS