Fairly common in
Europe, although rare in the US is this Swedish designed, German built
metal two seater. Originally
produced in Sweden by MFI as the MFI-9, production was
taken over by Bolkow
in Germany (part of the MBB Group) in the early 1960s. This one
was seen at Horizon Airport, Henderson, Nevada
(where I lived in the late 80s-early 90s).
Seen below is
the demonstrator aircraft sent over by the Bolkow factory in the fall
I caught it at
Hawthorne Airport in September of that year. The original plan
was to have
aasembled by Pioneer Aviation in Burbank. I believe nine
kits were supplied
out of the MBB
plant in Germanu, but whether this arrangement continued beyond that
initial batch I
am not sure. Probably not, since the air scene (at least so far
as the L.A.
Basin's so-called Southland is
concerned) was not inundated with Bolkow Juniors.
Bolkow 208 Junior