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World's only Blackburn Ripon overhauled, presented next Friday

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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.

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