Looking for information about the Swedish SAAB L23 J23 "Swedish Mustang" I came upon this picture of a purported 1939 AFF P7 scout. Does anyone else have better information about this fascinating looking aircraft? Thanks
Why are there two very different looking drawings for the J23? Is one an earlier version of the J23? If so, which one is which and what caused the changes? Additionally, does anyone have a drawing of the AFV (AB Flygplanverken) GP 9?
"Both projects, the Saab L-12 (later J 19) and the AFV GP 9 were of a fairly conventional design but the GP 9 top speed was, surprisingly, given as high as 682 km/h (424 mph) against 605 km/h (375 mph) for the L-12. The cost of the GP 9 was 30 percent higher."
Properly, it was the Götaverken GP 9 as it was a product of the Götaverken Flygavdelning (Götaverken Aircraft Department) in Göteborg. Alas, no drawing ... but the GP 9 probably resembled the FFVS J 22. Both were designed by Bo Lundberg.
The Götaverken GP 9 fighter design, designated P 9B by the Flygvapnet, was cancelled 1939. The P 9B designation shows that the GP 9 was in competition with the mentioned ASJA L 12 (Saab J 19) which was designated P 9A.
BTW: that Flygvapnet 'P' stood for Provflygplan (trials aircraft).
Another unbuilt Götaverken project was the GP 8. This was medium bomber (in competition with the ASJA G.1 which led to the Saab B 18). The GP, designated P 8B by the Flygvapnet was cancelled in 1939 after a mock-up was completed.
AFF P 7 'Scout': I have that as an army co-op aircraft. Although the P 7 designation suggests it was in the level bomber contest - P 7A was the ASJA L 10-2 (Saab B 17A prototype), P 7B was the ASJA L 10-1 (Saab B 17B prototype).