J 22 c/n 22149

Memorial Flight and the Automobile and Aeroplane Svedino Museum have teamed up for an ambitious european project which aims to restore the J 22 “Gul Erik”, a monument of the Swedish aeronautical Heritage.


History of J 22 “Gul Erik”

Delivered on August 8th 1944 as the 49th example, c/n 22149 is the oldest of all three surviving J 22s. It is a J 22A and is therefore equipped with 2×7.9mm and 2×13.2mm machine guns.

Photos from Gustaf Persson collection, via Mikael Forslund

When delivered, “Gul Erik” was first sent to F16 group in Uppsala. It was transferred to F10 group on April 26th 1945 as yellow E (“Gul Erik”), and later as yellow B. It may also have later been identified as red B. The J 22 was then sent to F3 group, in Linköping, as yellow S. Finally, the aircraft was withdrawn from the Swedish Air Force on December 7th 1950.

The aircraft was then used as a wind machine for paratrooper ground training ! It was saved from being scraped in 1972 by the founder of Svedinos Museum : Lennart Svedelt. Gul Erik was later displayed in static.

However the aircraft only had a cosmetic restoration, to be displayed. The structure has to be heavily checked, and will go through a long term restoration and rebuild. The wings were also cut in 1972 for transportation, and will thus need to be completely re-manufactured.

A thorough examination has shown that 22149 is 95% complete, save the skin, and could be restored to flying condition. Both the determination of the Svedinos museum and the Memorial Flight Association skills will give a unique opportunity for the Swedish and European public to see this elegant and extraordinary mahcine back in the air again. This would be a tribute to the Swedish know-how and to its genial designer : Bo Lundberg.

Once the restoration is complete “Gul Erik” should fly a few years among the Memorial Flight Association fleet, in France, and will then return to Svedinos Museum, to be seen back in the air in Sweden.