In May 1937 SE-ADI Hälland (c/n 7) ceased its Swedish airline service and after several ownership changes was purchased in September by an Iraqi citizen, but then flew to Prat de Llobregat, near Barcelona, in the Spanish Republic. The aircraft was incorporated in the LAPE under registration EC-AGC and performed liaison duties for Republican leaders, piloted by Pedro Tonda and José Maria Carreras, who had been airline pilots before the civil war. Worth noting is the special mission to Zurich on September 9, 1938, when it flew Dr. Negrin, the Republic’s Prime Minister, to negotiate with the Nationalist’s Duke of Alba to end the civil war. The negotiations did not succeed however.
The plane was found by the Nationalists on a Catalan airfield after the fall of the Republic and went on to serve the Ejercito del Aire, under code 43-18. Its registration changed to L12-18 when the Ejercito del Aire reorganized in 1945, but was written off later that year.
Type 1C Specifications: Low-wing single-engine transport with fixed landing gear, of metal construction. Engine P&W Hornet 700 hp. Wingspan 14.55 m, length 10.08 m, wing area 33.7 m2. Maximum speed: 362 km/h at 1,900 m. Ceiling 6,000 m.
Documentation :Air Magazine n°24, February / March 2005 (in french) Northrop Delta – AB Aerotransport – European Airlines – Author : Rob J.M Mulden – in english. Deals with the two Deltas used by AB Aerotransport, the first being the SE-ADI and the second, althrough a Delta in load capacity, was looking more like a Gamma.
Improvements:The aircraft SE-ADI got en enlarged access door, the correction is provided in the kit. On SE-ADI, thus on the same aircraft in Spanish colors, there was a wall between the pilot and the the passengers room. This may eventually be done in plastic card (there is nothing much to see when the door and the cockpit are closed, as they are in the kit). On the same aircraft, a radio operator was sitting in the passengers room, behind the pilot, on the right (same reference, see the book above). And the enlarged door did open revolving on the top. The aircraft was not modified in Spain. Unless you open the door (but is it worth ?) you are not going to see much inside.
Decals for:Cam A : Northrop Delta 1C, c/n 7, EC-AGC, L.A.P.E. airline. Spanish Republic, 1937–38. The aircraft was ex SE-ADI (Sweden), named Halland. In Spain, it was used in transport role and for VIP transport, piloted by Pedro Tonda and José Maria Carreras. For example on 9–10 September, 1938, Republican Prime Minister Juan Negrín flew to Zurich and back on board of this plane. Cam B : Northrop Delta 1C, c/n 7, EC-AGC, L.A.P.E. airline. Spain, 1938/39. Shortly after Zurich, the fuselage registration letters were all painted in black colour and stayed so until the end of the war. The aircraft escaped to the French base of Oran-La Senia in Algeria and was handled to Franco air force.. Cam C : Delta 1C, c/n 7, 43-18, (ex EC-AGC / SE-ADI), Ejercito del Aire (Spanish Air Force), 1939–45.