Aviation enthusiast

Happy easter or onnellistä pääsiäistä.

When I was a child, there were many things that I wanted to be when I grew up. None more so than a pilot so as to be able to take flight with the birds and travel to distant lands and see the wonders of this world. Fast-forward many years later and I didn’t become a pilot but the love for airplanes lived on.

I got a pleasant surprise last weekend when I was invited along to the Aviation museum of central Finland (Keski-Suomen ilmailumuseo). It also acts as the Finnish air force museum. It is located in Tikkakoski which is 17 km north of Jyväskylä city centre.

The museum exhibition includes some rare fighter planes such as the Brewster 239 (only one of its kind left in the world),  the Blenheim BL-200, Messerschmitt  BF 109 among other planes. Aside from the planes, the museum exhibition includes helicopters, airplane engines, radio equipment, old artillery and photographs taken by pilots and ground crews. The museum also offers a flight simulation experience at an additional cost.

Brewester 239. It crash landed in a swamp during the 2nd world war. It still bears the bullet holes where it got hit.

Brewster 239. It crash landed in a swamp during the 2nd world war and it still bears the bullet holes where it got hit. Time stood still for the plane.

Pilot reading a magazine on the wing of a Fokker D XXI.

Pilot reading a magazine on the wing of a Fokker D XXI.

At this point that I should point out that the swastika on the planes have nothing to do with nazis. Firstly, the difference in the orientation and was a good luck symbol in western Europe in the early 20th century. In addition it was a personal symbol of Swedish count Eric von Rosen who donated one of the first airplanes to Finland. The swastika symbol was abandoned after the world war due to its association with nazism.

Douglas DC3 with its imposing size.

Douglas DC3 with its imposing size.

A view from below

A view from below.

Model aircraft types flown during the war.

Model aircraft types flown during the war.

One of the first planes that Finland obtained in 1917-18 is a Brequet 14 A2

Brequet A2

Brequet 14 A2. It was used for mail delivery.

If you want more information on the museum, click on the link… http://www.airforcemuseum.fi

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To Santa and beyond

There are a few things that go through my mind when I set foot into a bus, train, ferry or plane but none more than the song… ‘On the road again’ by Willie Nelson. This time though, it was more of a remix of ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’. I had prepared my list of demands (I sound demanding…. but I am not). Though that was not my main reason for travelling north. My main aim was to see the northern lights. In the spirit previous posts, I will give you a pictorial of my trip to the Finnish Lapland.

To see the pictures in fullscreen, just click on it and scroll left or right.

To see the pictures in fullscreen, just click on it and scroll left or right.

I would like to thank ESN JKL for organising the trip. Check them out http://www.esnjyvaskyla.com/