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Monday, 20 December 2010 00:00

Mikael Carlson pilots Bestmann SE-BMN on a test flight near Stockholm.Mikael Carlson pilots Bestmann SE-BMN on a test flight near Stockholm.

Following a 5,000hr+ restoration by Åke Jansson at Vallentuna, just north of Stockholm, Sweden, Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann SE-BMN is currently undergoing a 25hr test-flying programme. Prominent Swedish airshow pilot Mikael Carlson was at the controls of the former Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force) primary trainer when it made its first flight for more than 30 years on August 23.

Owned by warbird collector Joakim Westh, the Bücker will be based at Eslöv in southern Sweden alongside
his D.H.82A, Fw 44J Stieglitz, North American T-6G and Saab 91B Safir.   

The Bestmann is one of 120 built in Sweden during 1944–45 by Hägglund & Söner AB. Delivered to F 5 Wing at Ljungbyhed in October 1945, it was withdrawn nine years later, going to  West Germany as D-ELAM in 1955. It went back to Sweden in August 1978, but remained in storage until acquired by Westh during 2007.