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SE-XUI SAAB MFi-15-200A Safari c/n 850-1077 - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 13 February 2017 vliegveld Hoogeveen (EHHO)

The SAAB MFI-15 Safari, also known as the Saab MFI-17 Supporter, is a two/three-seat propeller-powered braced shoulder-wing basic trainer aircraft. The aircraft has forward-swept wings and a fixed tricycle landing gear, a tail-wheel landing gear is optionally available. The aircraft was a new design developed at Malmö Flygindustri based on the basic design Malmö-Flygindustri MFI-9 Junior, best known of the German built derivate the Bölkow Bo 208. On 11 July 1969, SAAB flew the prototype (SE-301) of the SAAB-MFI 15, powered by a 119 kW Avco Lycoming IO-320-B2 flat-four engine and with a conventional low-set tailplane. The latter was later modified to a T-tail configuration to minimise damage when operating from rough airfields. On 26 February 1971 the prototype was flown with the more powerful Avco Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 air-cooled flat-4 piston engine, which became the standard powerplant for the production version, now designated as the Saab Safari. A military version designated originally Saab-MFI 17 was flown on 6 July 1972 and differed from the Safari by being equipped more specifically for use as a military trainer, or for artillery observation or forward air control and liaison. A trainer based on the Safari's design was built in kit form for assembly in Pakistan as the Mushshak, with 92 aircraft delivered to the Pakistani Air Force. A later batch of 120 aircraft was license-built in Pakistan as MFI-17 Mushshak and MFI-395 Super Mushshak. On 10 January 1975, the Danish Department of Defefence signed a contract for the delivery of thirty two MFI T-17s. The T-17 aircraft is basically an MFI-15-200A with a new strengthened wing, including hard points for weapons and internal fuel tanks. They were built at Malmö Flygindustri (a part of SAAB). The designation T-17 originates from the factory’s unofficial designation for this updated airframe, MFI-17 "Safari". Next to the aircraft delivered to Denmark and the Pakistani, the MFI-15 / MFI-17 was used as civil aircraft and as basic trainer aircraft by several air forces. When the production ended in 1979 a total of 462 aircraft of the Safari were produced: including the 212 Pakistani CKD and 250 fully assembled aircraft built by Saab.

On 18 May 2005, the 2004-built SAAB MFi-15-200A Safari s/n 850-1077 was registered SE-XUI in Sweden. Since 2015, a privat owner operates the SE-XUI out of Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands. SAAB MFi-15-200A Safari SE-XUI was seen at Hoogeveen airfield on 13 February 2017.

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