Category SAAB 340B

SAAB 340B – Introduction

The SAAB 340B is a passenger/military transport plane, first flown in 1983. As a military aircraft, it is most often used with the Ericsson Earieye radar. I am, however, planning to model this as a passenger plane in Nok Air livery.


Crew: 2 pilots, 1 flight attendant
Capacity: 37 passengers
Length: 19.73 m (64 ft 8¾ in)
Wingspan: 21.44 m (70 ft 4 in)
Height: 6.97 m (22 ft 10½ in)
Wing area: 41.81 m² (450.0 sq ft)
Airfoil: NASA MS(1)-0313
Empty weight: 8,140 kg (17,945 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 13,155 kg (29,000 lb)
Maximum speed: 522 km/h (282 knots, 325 mph) at 4,575 m (15,000 ft)
Cruise speed: 467 km/h (252 knots, 290 mph) at 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
Stall speed: 164 km/h (88 knots, 102 mph) (landing flaps)
Range: 1732 km (935 nmi, 1076 mi)
Service ceiling: 9,450 m (31,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,000 ft/min)
Engines: 2 × General Electric CT7-9B turboprops.

SAAB 340B – 3-View

Directly from Sweden, I bring you…….. THE 3-VIEW

SAAB 340B – Status Update

The picture shows the progress so far.  I am getting close to completing this design. Some work still needs to be done with the nose, the engine nacelles, and landing gear.

SAAB 340B – Elevators

I have updated the elevator design. I was afraid that the old design was structurally too weak. The elevator is almost 70 cm wide and requires sufficient strength. I have used a design similar to that used by David P. Andersen in his Arado.

After finalizing the elevators, I will be attaching the elevators to the fuselage using a crutch. It will require some “cutting” in the fuselage, so I will have to think it through carefully first.



SAAB 340B – Wing attachment

Now, for the wing attachment, I have a dilemma on my hands. The wings are at a 6.5 degree angle, and the engine nacelles are not, which gives a lot of headaches during the design phase. The wing does not go straight through the nacelle, but at a 6.5 degree angle. It would have been easier if the nacelle were round.

For now, I have decided to use a plywood spar for the centre section. This will give a strong centre section that can be bolted on to the main fuselage. The protrusion on the real aircraft will be part of the wing centre section, and there will be a piece missing in the fuselage where this can bolt onto. I will have to find a clever way to cover up the parting line between the fuse and the wing centre section, so that it will not be visible. Hopefully the colourful paint scheme used by Nok Mini will help conceal it.

The other decision I have taken is that the engines and their nacelles will also be part of the centre section. The entire centre section will be one strong assembly with engines, landing gear, and petrol tanks. The whole she-bang can be bolted on to the fuselage in one piece.

The only real drawback, is that the aircraft with the outer wing panels removed will have a width of about 75 cm and each outer wing panel about 70 cm each. Not exactly ideal.






SAAB 340B – Center section

I have worked all day on the SAAB 340B centre section. As discussed in my previous post, the wing centre section will contain the two nacelles, and will be detachable from the fuselage. I solved the problem with the wing being angled at 6.5 degrees too.

Interestingly enough, part of the aircraft cabin floor will have to be built directly on top of this section.

Another thought I had was to build the wing/fuselage cover out of fibreglass and use it to hide the R/C receivers etc. Another way would be to keep the R/C equipment behind the cabin door. Let’s see how it goes.

I am worried about the strength of the centre section, as all the force from the engines will be distributed to the rest of the aircraft through it. I think I need to beef up this area a bit. Hopefully, if I let the wing attachment tubes go straight through the nacelles, that will help with the structural strength as well.

SAAB 340B – Twin-Engine

This airplane is a twin-engine and for reliability reasons, I will be using electric brushless motors.


SAAB-340B – Cockpit

The last update on this aircraft was several months ago, and during that period, I have learned a lot of new skills, like keeping the cockpit in one piece, and using lofting for the wings. I have started updating the SAAB 340B design, to make it easier to complete. The first change was the cockpit area.


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