Swedish Caravelle on the move

Sud Aviation Caravelle SE-DAF, formerly part of the Arlanda Aviation Collection in Sweden, has been donated to Turku Airport in Finland, where it will be displayed in a Finnair livery.

Named Sven Viking, Caravelle SE-DAF was delivered to Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) in February 1962, flying in these colours until September 1974. Having accrued a total of 27,321 flying hours, it was donated to the Swedish CAA’s historical collection.

Two other Caravelle IIIs – SE-DAA and SE-DAI – can also be found at Arlanda airport. Alpha-Alpha is owned by airport operator Swedavia. The other airframe was used by the Swedish Air Force between 1971 and 1999, and is now owned by the Flygvapenmuseum, which plans to repaint it in SAS livery

Caravelle SE-DAF is being carefully dismantled in Sweden.
Caravelle SE-DAF is being carefully dismantled in Sweden. Lennart Berns

Technicians from Turku have already started to dismantle the jet, a complex and time-consuming procedure requiring specialist knowledge.  

Later this year, the Caravelle is scheduled to be shipped to its new home via ferry in various segments. When all necessary parts have arrived, the charismatic jetliner will be restored to its former glory in new colours.