A new "all Norwegian"
The latest addition to our collection of airplanes is “all Norwegian”.
Last October a crew of three paid a visit to the town of Larvik to do the crating of the “Larsen Special II”. This airplane was designed, built and flown by Carl Larsen, a captain of the (then) Braathens S.A.F.E.
The “Larsen Special II” was taken by boat to Bodř and arrived at the museum without any damage. We now have made a listing of all the missing parts and are planning for a new visit to Larvik in the springtime this year to try to locate them.
Of the parts missing are the engine (RR-Continental O-200) and the propeller.
Due to other priorities at the museum, the “Larsen Special II” is at present put into storage awaiting restoration.
From Kay Hagbys book of “Norwegian Airplanes on Civilian Register” we quote:
Captain Carl L. Larsen, a pilot with the Braathens S.A.F.E. designed and built his own all-metal one-seat monoplane. First flight was 1952, registered as LN-11.
The airplane was redesigned several times. The airplane had an accident at Fornebu July 9th. 1955.
October 20th 1970 the “new” LN-11 was again flying, now with a redesigned fuselage and tail section and a more powerful engine. (A 100 Hp. RR-Continental O-200 engine.)
Sometimes 1975 the “Larsen Special II” was put in storage but was again flown for a short period from August 4th 1982. A landing accident two days later put an end to its flying life.
The airplane has since been in storage.