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MFI-15 Safari
A Saab MFI-17 Supporter, Radom Air Show 2007
Role Primary trainer
Designed by Björn Andreasson
Primary users Danish Air Force
Royal Norwegian Air Force
Pakistan Air Force
Number built ca 462
Developed from MFI-9 Junior
Variants MFI-17 Mushshak

Saab MFI-15 Safari, also known as the Saab MFI-17 Supporter, is a prop-powered basic trainer aircraft used by several air forces.

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Development and design

The Safari made its maiden flight in 1969. It is powered by a 200 hp Avco Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 air-cooled flat-4 piston engine. A forward-swept wing is employed to improve downward visibility for the pilots. The aircraft was developed at Malmö Flygindustri as the MFI-15. The military version was called MFI-17 and later, the Saab Supporter when the project was taken over by Saab.

About 250 Saab manufactured aircraft were built in total. Most were sold to private fliers. It appears that the 92 Pakistani-assembled and 120 Pakistani-built machines are not included in the Saab production total. The Royal Norwegian Air Force purchased their Safaris in 1981. Today 16 of the aircraft are stationed at Bardufoss Air Station.

A variant with a stretched wing made of composite materials, the MFI-18, was tested during the 1980s in Sweden. Also fitted with provision for skis, this version never went into production.

Variants

  • MFI-15 Safari - original civilian variant.
  • MFI-17 Supporter - Saab's designation for the military variant, Danish designation T-17.
  • Saab Safari TS - a prototype fitted with a 157 kW (210 hp) turbocharged piston engine.
  • MFI-17 Mushshak - version of MFI-17 Supporter manufactured by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex under license.
  • MFI-395 Super Mushshak - upgraded Pakistani variant of MFI-17.

Operators

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MFI-17 Supporter

 Denmark

 Norway

 Pakistan

 Sierra Leone

 Zambia

MFI-17 Mushshak

 Iran

 Oman

 Pakistan

 Syria

Specifications (Safari)

Data from SAAB Trainers: Safir, SAAB 105, & Supporter

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 7.00 m (23 ft)
  • Wingspan: 8.85 m (29 ft ½ in)
  • Height: 2.60 m (8 ft 6½ in)
  • Wing area: 11.90 m² (128.1 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 690 kg (1,521 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,200 kg (2,645 lb)
  • Powerplant:Avco Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 fuel injected, air cooled flat-4 piston engine, 200 hp (149 kW)

Performance

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Related development

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