"Aviation Photo Thread" (Planes, Helos, Balloons, etc)...

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Twice lucky with catching a plane between trees, using zone focusing to act quickly
 
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I visited last weekend in a very extraordinary place, Finnish Air Force alumni guild, their museum and workshop in an air base where airplane production in Finland started and all test flights performed for decades. As well as aviation pioneering company Brothers Karhumäki aka later KarAir, aviation pioneers from early 1920's which had huge impact on WWII and partly made possible Finnish winning rates 32:1 in dog fights against Soviet pilots. In Battle of Britain Royal Air Force dropped some 1600 planes, in Soviet front Finnish fighter pilots dropped a bit more with far smaller number of planes and poorer quality. When Finnish pilots got Messerschmidt fighters from Germany, they were unbeatable. More flying aces per population than in any other part of the world. Karhumäki brothers trained almost all of the aces to fly and Finnish Air Force continued from that.

This kind of sad history is always more valuable when things like Afganistan happen in the world. Finland and Finnish people were challenged in many ways in the early years of independence, but we survived, which is the most important and the respect for ancestors is still high. They fought our freedom through politics and very nasty war.

Some pictures from the visit where it was allowed to take pictures.

Remark: Swastika was a symbol of Finnish Air Force far earlier before some group in Germany re-branded it and swastikas lost their original meaning and mythology

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