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  • FFVS J22 Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter

    Just under 200 examples of the FFVS J22 single-seat fighter were built for the Swedish Air Force from 1942 to 1946.

     Updated: 12/16/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    When another World War broke out in Europe in September of 1939, European powers scattered about to find viable, modern weapons. This proved the case with Sweden - remaining neutral for the duration of the grand conflict - as it sought to strengthen its outdated stock of fighter aircraft. There were short-term solutions to be had in securing several American designs and additional warplanes arrived through agreements with Italy but a better long-term design was needed as acquiring foreign types soon proved impractical - if not impossible - in the growing war commitment.

    This led Swedish authorities to establish an all new production facility which would manufacture a new design of local origin - the "J22". The factory was given the label of Kungliga Flygforvaltningens Flygverkstad i Stockholm under the acronym of "FFVS" and design work was headed by Bo Lundberg.

    The result was a single-seat, single-engine fighter with all-modern qualities - an enclosed framed cockpit, monoplane wings, retractable undercarriage, etc... Construction incorporated a steel understructure with plywood skinning. On the whole, the design was very traditional for the period as the nose carried the engine installation and aft of this was the cockpit with the fuselage tapering to the rear and holding a single-finned tail unit. The wing mainplanes were low-mounted appendages and straight in their general shape with clipped tips. An unlicensed Pratt & Whitney R-1830 "Twin Wasp" engine (the SFA STWC-3G 14-cylinder air-cooled radial) was selected to power the type and produced 1,065 horsepower while driving a three-bladed propeller unit (a large aerodynamic spinner was fitted to this). Armament was 2 x 13.2mm heavy machine guns coupled with 2 x 7.9mm medium machine guns.

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    FFVS J22 Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1943
    Type: Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter
    National Origin: Sweden
    Manufacturer(s): Kungliga Flygforvaltningens Flygverkstad i Stockholm (FFVS) - Sweden
    Production Total: 198

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 25.59 feet (7.8 meters)
    Width: 32.81 feet (10.00 meters)
    Height: 11.81 feet (3.60 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 4,453 lb (2,020 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 6,250 lb (2,835 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x SFA STWC-3G 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine developing 1,065 horsepower and driving three-bladed propeller unit at the nose.

    Maximum Speed: 357 mph (575 kph; 310 knots)
    Maximum Range: 789 miles (1,270 km)
    Service Ceiling: 30,512 feet (9,300 meters; 5.78 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    4 x 13.2mm M/39A (Browning M2) heavy machine guns

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    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    J22 - Base Series Designation

    J22-1 - Initial production model; mixed armament of 2 x 13.2mm HMG with 2 x 7.9 MMG; 143 examples produced.

    J22-2 - Armed with 4 x 13.2mm HMGs; 55 examples produced.

    J22-3 - Reconnaissance variant of 1946; nine examples modified from J22-1 stock; reverted to fighter standard in 1947.