1947 Saab Safir 91C - ZU-DES
23 March 2009
This Saab Safir 91C was
by my friend David (Des) Nel. She is a beautiful 4 seater trainer
used by the Imperial Ethopian Air Force but eventually ending up in
Africa as part of a shipment of the remains of aircraft used by
a number of years ago.
David is a prolific
builder and restored her to her original beauty (and then some) as well
to his usual high standards. She has since become well known in South
aviation circles and has won a number of awards.
I was lucky enough to be
for a spin today, this being Des's last flight in ZU-DES (A.K.A. the
Viking") for a while as he is emigrating to Australia and leaves
He will return in a few months to dismantle her for shipping to her new
David (Des), thanks for
flight and your friendship, I wish you well in your new home.
I also ask all my Aussie engine friends to welcome David - he also collects stationary engines and is hoping to get involved in the Aussie engine scene as soon as he has settled. He will initially be in Melbourne so any contacts would be appreciated. You can email him here but remember that he will probably only have email facilities available to him in April 2009. Of course you can also send mail to me and I'll make sure that he gets it. Many thanks.
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David does the pre-flight check
ZU-DES in her hangar
The man and his machine.
The beautiful machine in her hangar.
David on his "self built" airport tug
ZU-DES ready to go
David at the controls of ZU-DES
|The following are a few pics I
managed to take during the flight. Not too easy considering that it was
very hot day and the movement of the aircraft coupled with the fact
I "shooting" through the "Plexiglas" cockpit windows. The pics actually
out better than I'd hoped for :-)
Farmland around Meyerton
My friend Stephanie's farm
Another view of Stephanie's farm
The arrow shows my home
(The tip of he arrowhead touches the roof of my house :-)
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