The wonder of the Flygande tunnan

UPDATED

Today on the printed version of one of the most serious German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung on their automotive section they have a 1/3 page article on the 9-5 Sedan.

I think the most funny thing on this very good article on the 9-5 is the fact that the author compares the 9-5 with the Saab J-29 The Flying Barrel.

The article is not a normal motor press article, but it is a good text on Saab. It does mention the current financial problems

And it is a mystery, how Saab, a company that is probably much more concerned about the gaps in financing needs, than on quality control, can bring such a mature, finished car on the road.

And has the best ending sentence:

Yes, certainly, at the moment they seem to have no more money in Trollhättan – but should not so much strength, so much taste and so much talent one day be rewarded?

Yes, it should. And I hope I’m not the only one thinking this way.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung was always the left liberal daily newspaper in Germany, which is the right clientèle for Saab. This is a very intelligent article, and I hope many of the readers remember that in the past they wanted to be different than the masses.

I would like to thank Mr. Thomas Steinfeld (The author).

UPDATE: The article is now on-line, and can be found here.

SAAB_Andee
Member

Great article and great aircraft aka “fliegende tonne” as we know it in austria.

Jeff
Member

Nice work RedJ in finding this and good summary. 🙂

Peter Gilbert
Member
This is going back to “Born from Jets.” Actually this is an interesting comparison because the Saab aircraft were not as famous as their American, British or German/Japanese notoriety. However if you read the link below you will see how this advanced jet broke early world records and beat the US and Russia in similar swept-wing designs (copied from Germany). These planes actually saw action (similar to the present action of the 8 Gripens in Libya) during rebel insurgency in the Congo and one of these actual UN marked Tunnans is on display at the Flygvapenmuseum, in Linköping, Sweden. The… Read more »
Thylmuc
Member

Extremely positive article! I particularly liked:

“…less aggressive than the competition that always also seems wanting to serve the fragile and ever “trimmed-to-victory” self-conciousness of the vanilla department head in the middle of his career.”

Priceless

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