In 1947 the Danish Army Air Corps were looking for a long distance airplane which could be used for photographing Greenland for Geodetic Institute. It was especially the mapping of the northernmost areas og Greenland where the plane was needed. The result was the purchase of the B-17 (Felix) Flying Fortress from DDL (Danish Airline) where it was flying as Stig Viking on the Copenhagen London route.
The Danish Army Air Corps took delivery of the plane on April 1, 1948 and it was named Store Bjørn “Big Dipper” with the number 67-672. After modifications that included installing 3 cameras and an extra fuel tank, the plane was based in Kastrup Syd (which was part of Copenhagen arport and had been used by the German Luftwaffe during the occupation of Denmark) from where the mapping of Greenland took place. In December 1949 it was transferred to the Danish Navy and from October 1952 the Danish Air Force used the transport at ESK-721 (Transport Squadron), finally retiring it a year later.
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P.S. Doing a story on the Big Dipper, that will be published later this year. Anybody who has any information about this aircraft, please contact me.
Photo: Danish Air Force Historical Archives