Finnish national aviation Museum in Vantaa (Suomen Ilmailumuseo)

During transit through Helsinki-Vantaa airport, it was time to visit the Finnish national aviation Museum (Suomen Ilmailumuseo on the map), located 20 minutes ' walk from the terminal.

At the entrance is a Soviet-made MiG-21bis jet fighter. These outstanding machines for their time were delivered to Finland, where they were in service from 1963 for almost 35 years, before being replaced in 1998 by American F-18s. After the war, until the mid-50s, the Finnish air force flew German aircraftThe Messerschmitt BF109 the beginning of the 40s, while most countries moved on to jet aircraft. However, the Cold war was underway and NATO countries did not want to sell modern aircraft to neutral and friendly Finland. By the beginning of the 60s, Suomi's military aviation had fallen into complete disrepair, and the Soviet Union, as a gesture of friendship, offered the Finns modern fighters that were not inferior to Western models. In total, the Finnish air force had about 60 MiG-21s of various modifications, including two training ones.

Helsinki-Vantaa Air Museum. The MiG-21

The Museum occupies two hangars, where more than 80 military and civil aircraft and helicopters used by Finnish military and civil aviation are displayed. In addition, aircraft engines, a lot of gliders, ground and air electronic equipment, simulators, layouts.

Military aviation hall

The first hall is dedicated to Finnish military aviation. From 1918 to 1945, the Finnish air force used a blue swastika in a white circle as an identification mark (not to be confused with the black, 45° - turned German swastika). Since April 1945, the Finnish air force's identification badge has been a blue ring in a white circle.

Helsinki-Vantaa Air Museum. Military aviation hall
Seaplane Sääski IIA
Seaplane Sääski IIA
Letov s 218 a Smolik training aircraft
Letov s 218 a Smolik training aircraft
Biplane Sokeri-Sirkku
Pre war training aircraft Viima 2 and VL Pyry
Messerschmitt BF 109 fighter aircraft
Messerschmitt BF 109 fighter aircraft
Pre war training aircraft Viima 2 and VL Pyry
20s fighter Gloster Gamecock MK-II GA-58
20s fighter Gloster Gamecock MK-II GA-58
20s fighter Gloster Gamecock MK-II GA-58
Captured Soviet aircraft UTI-4
Captured Soviet aircraft UTI-4
Messerschmitt BF 109 fighter aircraft
DB-3 bomber
Captured Soviet aircraft UTI-4
Gliders
Pre war training aircraft Viima 2 and VL Pyry
Gliders
Gliders
Saab 91 d Safir training aircraft
Saab 91 d Safir training aircraft
Jet fighter De Havilland Vampire D. H. 100
Jet plane Fouga CM-170 Magister
Jet plane Fouga CM-170 Magister
Saab 35 Draken jet fighter
Saab 35 Draken jet fighter
Jet fighter De Havilland Vampire D. H. 100
Messerschmitt BF 109 fighter aircraft
Saab 35 Draken jet fighter
Aerial photography equipment
Aerial photography equipment

Civil aviation hall

The second hall is occupied by aircraft used by airlines and private individuals in Finland.

Helsinki-Vantaa Air Museum. Civil aviation hall.Finnish Aviation Museum.Helsinki-Vantaa Air Museum. Douglas DS-3
Acrobatic aircraft Pitts Special S1
Acrobatic plane Ultimate-10-300
Panoramny film from the cockpit of a sports airplane
Amateur aircraft Blomqvist-Nyberg
Amateur aircraft Pou-du-ciel (Taivaankirppu)
The variable-pitch propeller
Light aircraft Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork)
Sports and training aircraft Piper PA-28
The Karhumäki Karhu 48B aircraft and DHC-2 Beaver
Beechcraft 95-A55 business class aircraft
Beechcraft 95-A55 business class aircraft
Beechcraft 95-A55 business class aircraft
Passenger aircraft Douglas DC-3, Lockheed 18-07
Convair CV440 passenger aircraft
Convair CV440 passenger aircraft
Convair CV440 passenger aircraft
Heinonen HK-1, PIK-11 Tumppu, Eclund TE-1, Mahe Scout aircraft
Simulators-simulators
Simulators-simulators
The helicopter Bell-47, Kokkola KO-04, PLZ SM1SZ
The helicopter Bell-47, Kokkola KO-04, PLZ SM1SZ
Mi-4 Helicopter
Mi-4 Helicopter
The helicopter Bell-47, Kokkola KO-04, PLZ SM1SZ
Simulators-simulators
Simulators-simulators
Simulators-simulators
Simulators-simulators
Gliders
Gliders.
Light aircraft Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork)
Aircraft modeling
Gliders.
Aircraft modeling
Aircraft modeling
Gliders.