Finland air force
What does the Finnish Air Force do?
Its peacetime tasks are airspace surveillance, identification flights, and production of readiness formations for wartime conditions. The Finnish Air Force was founded on 6 March 1918.
Does Finland have any military aircraft?
The following is a list of military aircraft of Finland, both historical and currently in use by the Finnish Defence Forces . Finland is a partner in NATOs Strategic Airlift Capability and has access to 100 flight hours from the C-17s every year (3,2%).
How does the Finnish Air Force assign its aircraft numbers?
The Finnish Air Force assigns the matriculation numbers to its aircraft by assigning each type a two-letter code following by dash and an individual aircraft number. The two-letter code usually refers to the aircraft manufacturer or model, such as HN for F/A-18 Hornet, DK for Saab 35 Draken, VN for Valmet Vinka etc.
Where was the first Air Force base in Finland?
The first Air Force Base of independent Finland was founded on the shore near Kolho. The base could operate three aircraft. The first aircraft was brought by rail on March 7, 1918, and on March 17, 1918 took off from the base for the first time.
How does the Finnish Air Force assign the matriculation numbers?
The Finnish Air Force assigns the matriculation numbers to its aircraft by assigning each type a two-letter code following by dash and an individual aircraft number. The two-letter code usually refers to the aircraft manufacturer or model, such as HN for F/A-18 H or n et, DK for Saab 35 D ra k en, VN for Valmet V i n ka etc.
How many planes did the Finnish Air Force have?
By the end of the Civil War the Finnish Air Force had 40 aircraft, of which 20 had been captured from the Reds (the Reds did not operate this many aircraft, but some had been found abandoned on Åland ). Five of the aircraft had been flown by the Allies from Russia, four had been gifts from Sweden and eight had been bought from Germany.
When was the Finnish Air Force founded?
The Finnish Air Force was founded on 6 March 1918. The Finnish Air Force, one of the oldest air forces of the world, pre-dates the British RAF (founded as an independent entity on 1 April 1918) and the Swedish Flygvapnet (founded on 1 July 1926). The first steps in the history of Finnish aviation involved Russian aircraft.
Why did Finland shoot down so many Soviet planes in WW2?
Soviet fighters were usually superior in firepower, speed and agility, and Finnish pilots avoided them unless the enemy was in a disadvantageous position. As a result of these tactics, the Finnish Air Force managed to shoot down 218 Soviet aircraft during the Winter War while losing only 47 to enemy fire.