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Jun 17, 2017, 08:36 AM
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Finland 100 years of independence Air Show

This is not strictly model related, but I'm pretty sure this will interest plenty of model aviators & ship builders.

Finland is celebrating its 100 years of independence this year and special air show was organized in Helsinki, capital of Finland. Special in that sense, that the air show was located in sea area just south of centre of Helsinki and also because the attending planes were a bit special. It's not common to see this many different fighters & aerobatic groups in Finland.

Also part of the reason is that Finland has started a process to select new fighters to replace it's legacy Hornets and all the manufacturers are very eager to show their offering.

Check the full gallery (55 pics)! Attached pictures are just few teasers...

Planes pictured:
- Airbus A350
- USAF / Boeing with 2 x F/A-18E/F
- Red Arrows with 9 x BAe Hawk
- RAF with EuroFighter Typhoon (with killer aerobatics)
- 2 x Fouga Magisters (history flashback, these used to be trainers for Finnish Airforce)
- Saab Draken (another histroy flashback, Finnish Airforce used to operate Drakens and Mig-21s in 80s and early 90s)
- 3 x Saab JAS 39 Gripen
- Finnish Airforce with F/A-18D (another killer aerobatic show)
- Finnish Airforce Midnight Hawks with 4 x BAe Hawk

Ships pictured:
- Finnish Navy minelayer FNS Uusimaa
- Finnish Coast Guard multifunction patrol vesses Tursas
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