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First attempt – and the Armstrong Siddeley «Genet Major» is running. A happy Col Henry – good job...
July 23, 2006, BBQ from CAF Swiss Wing at Reichenbach Airport
History of the aircraft
|Year of construction||1930, Werknummer 34|
|First flight||18. September 1930 als CH-262|
|Manufacturer||Alfred Comte, Oberrieden, Switzerland|
|Motor (since 1934)||Armstrong Siddeley "Genet Major", 7-cylinder radial engine, 140 hp|
|Empty weight||670 kg|
|Max. take-off weight||900 kg|
|Wingspan / Length||12,13 m / 8,10 m|
|Cruising speed||130 km/h|
|Maximum speed||170 km/h|
The AC-4 HB-IKO has remained in a flying condition
throughout the complete period from
1930 to today, and has never been stored in a hangar! It is possibly the oldest aircraft in
Europe that is still able to fly in its original condition.
During the last year, a sister aircraft has
been re-built in Raron (VS) which is a few months
older. In the spring of 1997, this aircraft, HB-ETI, was again capable of flying. From the total
of 11 AC-4 that were built, 4 still exist: one aircraft is in the Transport Museum (Verkehrshaus)
in Lucerne, one is in Dübendorf, and the third is owned by the Chavez-Flyers in Raron (VS),
and has been flying again since the summer of 1997.
HB-IKO is maintained, serviced and flown by
members of the Fokker Team of Swissair.
This old-timer will be displayed to the public in the air and on the ground at air-shows in
Switzerland and in neighbouring countries.
Fokker Team AC-4 Group 2001
Pilots: Henry Saladin (Chef Pilot), Werner Meier, Beat Ruf
Technicians: Werner Hensch, Norbert Kessler, Franz Scheiber, Werner Zürrer
Bern-Belp, September, 1999 , Picture: Col Hugo Freudiger
AC-4 Crew , Duebendorf, June 2000
Duebendorf, June 2000
The AC-4 during the
airshow at Mollis / Switzerland, August 24, 2002
The AC-4 in front of the B-25 Mitchell, on the parking lot in good company and shortly
before take-off. Pilot: CAF Col Henry Saladin, Photo: CAF Col Werner Meier
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