After a four year restoration by Stockholm, Sweden based owner Joakim Westh, Klemm KI 35 SE-AKN returned to the skies recently, painted in the colors of the Swedish Air Force.
Minor teething pains from the restoration manifested themselves with minor issues with the rudder trim, but the test flight otherwise went smoothly, the rudder was soon set right and the next day the plane flew to Ski-Edeby Airfield near Stockholm where it will be based until it is fully air-certified.
Built in 1940, this Klemm 35D is equipped with the rare for this model, enclosed cockpit. It was originally owned by the Swedish Aero Club. The plane was commandeered by the Swedish military on May 4, 1942 and while under military control went by 5087 with the code 8-87. The plane returned to civilian hands and it’s original registration SE-AKN on August 12,1944 and had a number of owners before being purchased by a Danish aviation museum in 1960.
The plane returned to Sweden in 2003 when it was bought by a Swedish collector who eventually sold the plane to Joakim Westh in 2009. There are three other airworthy Klemm KI 35s in Sweden, SE-BGA, SE-BPT and SE BPU, all based in Hatunaholm.