RogerBW's Blog

Finnish Air Force Museum 19 August 2017

Near the Jyväskylä airport at Tikkakoski is the Suomen Ilmavoimamuseo, the museum of the Finnish Air Force. With photographs (all taken on the Lumix GF1): cc-by-sa on everything.

It's based in an old hangar.

Breguet 14 A2, bought after the Finnish Civil War.

Tiira (a private project from the 1970s)

Bristol Blenheim, Mk IV. To be fair to the Finns, they'd been using the blue swastika since 1918; it was the personal good-luck emblem of the Swedish Count Eric von Rosen who gave them their second aircraft. Well, the white circle wasn't - that happened when they painted out the advertisement for the Thulin Air Academy that surrounded it on the Thulin Typ D he'd donated to them.

VL Myrsky II restoration project. Some way to go.

Inside the cockpit of a MiG-21 ("at own risk"). Don't ask me exactly which variant; it wasn't labelled and only the cockpit section was present. It's pretty cramped and I wouldn't have been able to fly one, but comfortable even so.

Saab Draken.

And a detached cockpit section for that too. This one I did fit quite comfortably (clearly Swedish pilots are allowed to be a bit taller).

Various air-to-air weapons.

Soviet-era folding-fin aerial rocket pod.

MiG-21F.

MiG-19.

An array of air-to-air rounds.

Fouga Magister, used for flying and air-to-air gunnery training.

Saab 91D Safir (single-engine trainer).

Folland Gnat.

de Havilland Vampire.

Mil Mi-4.

Mil Mi-1.

Valmet Vihuri II (fighter trainer, used in the 1950s).

A variety of ejection seats.

Instrument flight simulator, bought from Electronic Control Engineering Ltd; didn't really work.

VL Pyörremyrsky: a home-grown fighter for WWII, basically a Bf-109G copy in wood. The war ended before production could start.

And the actual Bf-109G.

A detour into radar and radio systems.

And the obligatory larger bits.

Fokker D.XXI.

Douglas DC-3.

Hurricane Mk I.

Brewster Model 239, post-crash.

Focke-Wulf Fw 44 J Stieglitz.

de Havilland DH.60X Moth, with floats.

Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard, with skis.

An array of engines.

Gourdou-Leseurre B.3.

Couldn't find a label for this one, but I'm pretty sure it's an Ilyushin Il-28, probably the reconnaissance variant.

Air-to-air missiles for the Draken.

Moving outside, more aircraft: another Mi-4.

And a MiG-19 in unique colour scheme.

Two-seater Draken. (Maybe some sort of infra-red gear on top of the canopy?)

MiG-21bis.

Anonymous anti-aircraft gun.

MiG-21UM.

Another Folland Gnat.

And finally on the other side of the car park a whole bunch of unlabelled air-search and missile-guidance radars.

I'd definitely recommend this museum if you're any sort of aviation enthusiast; I could have done with more labelling in English, but hey, it's their country not mine.


  1. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 03:45pm on 19 August 2017

    Surprising amount of Soviet gear. DO you know if bought or captured?

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 07:31pm on 19 August 2017

    Anything post-WWII is bought. They tried to spread purchases between Western, Eastern and local producers; the fast jets were a mix of MiG-21s and Drakens until about 1990, then they moved to F/A-18C/Ds.

  3. Posted by John Dallman at 11:58am on 20 August 2017

    The Finnish Air Force had significant restrictions on their equipment under their peace treaty with the Soviets at the end of WWII. The Finns abrogated that treaty in 1990, but until then they had an unusual relationship with the USSR, not being a member of the Soviet bloc, but not being a normal Western/Scandinavian country either.

Comments on this post are now closed. If you have particular grounds for adding a late comment, comment on a more recent post quoting the URL of this one.

Search
Archive
Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio tech base commerce battletech beer boardgaming bookmonth chain of command children chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 existential risk falklands war fandom fantasy film firefly first world war flash point food garmin drive gazebo geodata gurps gurps 101 harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life kickstarter learn to play leaving earth linux mecha museum mystery naval non-fiction one for the brow opera perl photography podcast politics powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha quantum rail ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult
Special All book reviews, All film reviews
Produced by aikakirja v0.1