“Olav Kyrre” is back home!
In the evening of October 7th 2003 “, Olav Kyrre”
returned to Norway. Seventeen years have passed since LN-SUC
left Norway heading for the Fokker Factory in Holland. At the
factory “Olav Kyrre” had a thorough check before being used by
airlines in Italy, USA and finally Peru.Adding “Olav Kyrre” to
our collection in the Norwegian Aviation Museum means that we
will have another historically important airplane on show, just
as important as the first Twin Otter of Wideroes.
In the 1950s and 60s the situation in Norwegian air transport
was very different from today. In reality SAS had almost all the
commercial flying in Norway. However, as years went by this
situation slowly changed and in 1967 we had two more companies
competing in the air. Wideroes started flying Bodo- Trondheim
using the newly opened short fields runways at Namsos,
Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen and Mo i Rana, and Braathens S.A.F.E.,
formerly flying on the so called “West Coast Route” ending in
Trondheim, now continued flying all the way up north to Tromsø.
The owner of Braathens S.A.F.E., Ludvig G. Braathen who was a
very active lobbyist, promised that if he got the permission to
fly up to Tromsø he would do so in modern jets.
His opinion was that better communications would result in more
people using airplanes for travelling. The same would apply for
But, being careful not to take too many chances, he made a deal
with the Fokker Factory incorporating the return of the Fokker
F.27 Friendships. This type was the Braathens former workhorse
on the “West Coast Route”.
As a result of all this, four F.28s and two Boeing 737s were
flying in the colours of Braathens from 1969. Now Braathens
appeared as a modern airline competing with the best, - and most
important, they were profitable!
The first of the Fokker F.28s landed March 3rd. 1969
at Fornebu. This was LN-SUC “Olav Kyrre”.
The F.28, a jet for short distances and relatively short
runways, could take up to 65 passengers. Ads in the newspapers
told that the Fellowships “were ideally suited for Norwegian
Braathens S.A.F.E. had throughout its history, been in close
cooperation with the Fokker Factory, in particular on the
technical side. Not surprisingly, Braathens S.A.F.E. thus became
one of Fokker’s first customers for the F.28. Because of this,
“Olav Kyrre” became the first Fokker F.28 in the world flying
LN-SUC was used mainly inside Norway until 1986 but sometimes
also on charter flights to Mallorca.
The flying days of “Olav Kyrre” ended at the Aero Continente
based in Lima, Peru, in the spring of 2002. Funded by the
Norwegian Department of Culture, SND and Nordlandsbanken, in
addition to our own means, made this project become a reality.
It is no secret that the return of “Olav Kyrre” has cost a lot
of money. We feel this is all worthwhile. Why? The airplane is
relatively complete, and this airplane represents a complete era
in the history of flying in Norway, and as such has a history
Fokker F.28-1000 Fellowship.
register: LN-SUC, - Braathens SAFE AS, 03.03.69
registrations: I-TIAP, N37RT, OB-1636.
the type: The 1000 version of the Fokker Fellowship was a
passenger jet for relatively short runways. Equipped with two
Rolls Royce RB183 Spey Junior engines it could take up to 65
passengers. A special detail for the type was the fan-like
mounted in the tail end of the aircraft. Altogether three prototypes were
built, the first one had its maiden flight may 9th.
Braathens SAFE AS
was the first airline using the Fellowship commercially. The
first of the Fellowships used by the airline
was “Olav Kyrre”. This particular airplane had several “firsts”
in the history of aviation in Norway.
April 1st. 1969:
First passenger jet landing at Kirkenes Airport.
April 29th. 1972: First
passenger jet to land at Adventdalen Airport at Spitzbergen.
1974: First airplane at the new Longyear Airport, Spitzbergen.