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  1. Our reconnaissance squad visited the ILA 2006 airshow in Berlin, May 2006. This article includes photos from the air show, especially covering the beautiful Messerschmitts, with photos also from Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin and Luftwaffenmuseum Gatow. http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/photoreports/ila2006/ Photos from the annual Midnight Sun Airshow at Kauhava Air Force Base, Finland. The history of the Midnight Sun Airshow started 1945 when Finnish Air Force Training Air Wing’s (Lentosotakoulu) personnel organized first midsummer airshow, which gathered 6267 spectators. Training Air Wing’s instructors performed formation flying and all major Finnish Air Force types were flown, the tradition was born. This year there were visitors from Dutch Air Force, Polish Air Force and Royal Air Force, among others. http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/photor...sunairshow2006/ And more photoreports: http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/photoreports/ The Dutch showing off... A French lady in Finnish climate World's only Gloster Gauntlet. And flying, too. Soaring in the Midnight Sun. These and more: http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/photoreports/ http://www.virtualpilots.fi/hist/
  2. Finnish Päijät-Häme Aviation Museum has worked hard to overhaul the sole remaining Blackburn Ripon biplane in the world, and the plane will be presented to public on next Friday, in the museum opening. I have put together information and photos of the plane: http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/photoreports/ripon/ The full article will be translated into English later. In total, Finnish Air Force had 26 Blackburn Ripon airplanes, one bought from Britain and the remaining 25 built by State Aircraft Factory between 1930-1934. Ripons flew combat missions in Winter War and Continuation War, flying for example bombing, reconnaissance and anti-submarine missions. Last flight by a Ripon was flown on 16th Febryary 1945.
  3. Just wanted to inform that again one huge project has been now released. Finnish Wartime Airfields project makes use of the free satellite mapping program Google Earth, provided freely by the Google corporation. The project run by the Finnish Virtual Pilots Association (Virtuaalilentäjät ry) is to catalog the airfields used by Finnish Air Force during the wars between 1939-1945, namely the Winter War, Continuation War and Lappland War. http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/articl...time_airfields/ The Wartime Airfields project also includes airfield data about ice fields, airfields used during the temporary peace 1940-1941, airfields used by Swedish volunteer unit F.19 during Winter War, airfields used by Germans and Soviet airfields. Together we have now circa 170 airfields with almost 100 % accurate coordinates. However we still miss some airfields, mainly Soviet, so if you happen to know any, please send an email or two. Also we intend to add information about the different airfields (in Finnish and English), what squadrons used the fields, how the fields were used and so on. For any feedback you can send email to the project manager Mangrove (email on the project page) or use feedback feature in the Virtualpilots.fi site. -- Other recent releases: Wing Commander Bob Foster's lecture Aviation Museum Society, Finland invited the British RAF warpilot Wing Commander Robert W. Foster, DFC, AE, to Finland in June 2004. Mr. Foster, a true British gentleman, blessed us with two most interesting lectures, the first one at Finnish Air Force Museum at Tikkakoski, the second at Finnish Aviation Museum at Vantaa. Foster's combat career spans through the Battle of Britain to fighting at Pacific against the Japanese. "I was the last one back. So I got in, it was really not very nice getting in, in a Hurricane at night with glim lamps on the airfield, you know, no big lighting or anything like that. And I got in and I thought "well, that's right, the chaps will be here and we can have our beer now", and blow me, what they'd done is they'd drunk all the beer and gone to bed! My friends and colleagues the idle bums, rotten lot!" http://www.virtualpilots.fi/hist/WW2History-BobFoster.html http://www.virtualpilots.fi/hist/WW2History-BobFoster.html Brewster BW-372, the story of a Brewster Finnish Virtual Pilots Association (Virtuaalilentäjät ry) organized a presentation event in which the story of the Finnish World War II Brewster fighter aircraft and its journey to the United States was described in detail. This article contains information from the lecturers and will be updated with new information. http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/articles/bw372lecture/ -- Virtuaalilentäjät ry - Virtual Pilots Finland Association is an association, which purpose is to promote World War II multiplayer flight simulators and aviation hobby among people interested in aviation. More information about the association is available from http://www.virtualpilots.fi . Our plan of action also includes active research and preservation of Finnish aviation history - more about that from http://www.virtualpilots.fi/en/info/hist/ and http://www.virtualpilots.fi/hist/ . Virtual Pilots is member of "The Association for Military History in Finland" and is dedicated to the Association's mission of studying and preserving the Finnish military history. Jukka "Grendel" Kauppinen PR and Press Officer, History Team, Chairman Finnish Virtual Pilots Association
  4. New articles: Brewster BW-372, WC Bob Foster's lecture, Continuation war aviation in review Brewster BW-372, the story of a Brewster Finnish Virtual Pilots Association (Virtuaalilentäjät ry) organized a presentation event in which the story of the Finnish World War II Brewster fighter aircraft and its journey to the United States was described in detail. This article contains information from the lecturers and will be updated with new information. Brewster BW-372: The Story of a Brewster "The aircraft had to be cleaned in the bottom of the lake as it was covered by mud and debris. Mud had also acted as preservant so the aircraft had been preserved well. Actual lifting was performed with extreme caution. Prytkov said that "the group treated the aircaft like a child, no one wanted it to be damaged in any way". The aircraft was lifted on the shore without any damage. The situation changed after lifting the aircraft. Prytkov was arrested and the ownership relations of the aircraft became mixed. Prytkov was charged with "attempt to steal a historic monument", worth 8-15 years of imprisonment. Intriguing, all charges were dropped immediately after Prytkov had dismantled the Brewster at Moscow and given the parts final preservation treatment. " http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/articles/bw372lecture/ Wing Commander Bob Foster in Finland Aviation Museum Society, Finland invited the British RAF warpilot Wing Commander Robert W. Foster, DFC, AE, to Finland in June 2004. Mr. Foster, a true British gentleman, blessed us with two most interesting lectures, the first one at Finnish Air Force Museum at Tikkakoski, the second at Finnish Aviation Museum at Vantaa. "And I must have been about 30 miles out to the North Sea thinking "Oh well, there we are, lovely day above the clouds, time for breakfast" and not thinking about anything. And suddenly, God knows why, I sense to this 'they know why', I looked around and there, sitting about 'there' was a Heinkel 111 below me, it had come up through the cloud. " http://www.virtualpilots.fi/hist/WW2History-BobFoster.html Continuation war aviation in review, what has been written and what left out The achievements of Finnish Air Force during the Continuation War has been reviewed in press, memoirs, history books and other media. A lot of it is good, however I have spotted some considerable omissions and outright errors. "The Air Force and aerial photography had decisive effect in the Ihantala battles and the resolution of the war. In retrospect, if the photography had been unsuccessful or the communication had been as bad as at Valkeasaari, the enemy would have had a chance for breakthrough towards Lappeenranta and our defensive fight would have been fatally troubled. " ... http://www.virtualpilots.fi/hist/WW2Histor...nuationWar.html More publications and news from Finnish Virtual Pilots Association: http://www.virtualpilots.fi/en/news/ http://www.virtualpilots.fi/en/hist/ http://www.virtualpilots.fi/en/feature/ And news in Finnish: http://www.virtualpilots.fi/news/ Virtuaalilentäjät ry - Virtual Pilots Finland Association is an association, which purpose is to promote World War II multiplayer flight simulators and aviation hobby among people interested in aviation. More information about the association is available from http://www.virtualpilots.fi . Our plan of action also includes active research and preservation of Finnish aviation history - more about that from http://www.virtualpilots.fi/en/info/hist/ and http://www.virtualpilots.fi/hist/ . Virtual Pilots is member of "The Association for Military History in Finland" and is dedicated to the Association's mission of studying and preserving the Finnish military history. Jukka "Grendel" Kauppinen PR and Press Officer, History Team, Chairman Finnish Virtual Pilots Association
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