Saab Safir PH-RLA 01072003
Saab 91D Safir c/n 91.367 PH-RLA at Soesterberg Air Base in The Netherlands on 1st July 2003. The aircraft was owned since 16 October 1959 by the Dutch government and operated at Eelde airport (EHGG) by the then State Flying School (in Dutch: Rijksluchtvaartschool), which after privatization became the KLM Flight Aacademy. The aircraft was phased out and removed from the Dutch register on 17 December 1979. But it was reregistered with the same registration after private buyers acquired the aircraft on 13 October 1990. The new owners founded the Dutch Living Old Aviation Foundation (in Dutch: Stichting Oude Levende Luchtvaart) , which operates the aircraft since 17 January 1997. It retained its original flight school livery and flies happily ever since. It is not generally known that the now famous, although somewhat troubled, carmaker Saab was originally an aircraft manufacturer. Saab stands for "Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget" or, in English, Swedish Aeroplane Ltd.