For a long time the Finnish Air Force has used a mix of Western and Russian aircraft. An iconic one of the latter is this MiG 21bis MG-131 of HävLLV 31.

April 1996, Jyrki Laukkanen

Halli (EFHA)

RWY 08/26     POS 61°51'21"N 024°47'29"E     ELEV 486 ft

Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
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KoeLtue
1 Dec 1952 - 1 Dec 1991 various renamed KoeLntK


KoeLntK
1 Dec 1991 - 2013 various renamed IlmaStK & relocated to Tampere

The Ilmavoimat has used four Piper 28RT-201 Cherokee Arrow IVs to augment the fleet of Piper 28R Cherokee Arrow IIs. This particular one was used by the air forces test unit.

June 1997, Stephan de Bruijn

Saab 35FS Draken DK-267 taxiies out for a mission.

August 1994, Jan Jǿrgensen

Used for liaison purposes is Piper 28R Cherokee Arrow II PA-2.

August 2004, Jyrki Laukkanen

Jyväskylä (EFJY) Tikkakoski

RWY 12/30     POS 62°24'03"N 025°40'22"E     ELEV 459 ft

Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
1. Lennosto

TiedLtue
1 Dec 1952 - 31 Dec 1956 Vihuri
Pembroke C53 (56->)
MiG-21F-13 (73->)
renamed Hämeen Lennosto
Hämeen Lennosto

TiedLtue
1 Jan 1957 - 1 Sep 1973 Vihuri (->59)
Pembroke C53 (->Oct68)
MiG-21F-13 (73->)
renamed TiedLLv


HävLLv 21
1 Aug 1958 - 1 May 1962 Vihuri
Vampire FB52 (timeline)
Gnat MkI (timeline)
relocated to Pori


HävLLv 11
1 May 1962 - 16 Aug 1973 Gnat MkI (->Oct72)
CM170R
MiG-21F-13 (66-73)
Saab 35BS(72->)
relocated to Rovaniemi
Satakunnan Lennosto

TiedLLv
1 Sep 1973 - 31 Dec 1996 MiG-21F-13 (->17Jan86)
PA-28R (74-Sep04)
Ce402B (31Dec77-Apr84)
PA-31-350 (83->)
MiG-21bis (86->)
F27-100
L-70 Vinka
Hawk Mk51
L-90TP Redigo (91->)
renamed TukiLLv


TukiLLv - 1 Kuljetuslentue
1 Jan 1997 - 1 July 2013 PA-28R (->Sep04)
L-70 Vinka
F27-100/400M
PA-31-350 (->11)
L-90TP Redigo (->?)
C295M (6Mar07->)
PC-12/47E
relocated to Tampere


TukiLLv - 2 Teidustelulentue
Lj35A
Hawk Mk51


TukiLLv - 3 Viestikoelaitoslentue
F27-100
C295M
Training Air Wing

HävLLv 41 / 1 & 2 Flight
2014 - present Hawk Mk51/51A
Hawk Mk66


HävLLv 41 / 3 Flight
L-70 Vinka
Grob G115/G115E

A pair of Pembroke C.53s, paid for by the National Land Survey of Finland, were used for aerial photography and geography survey missions but also performed general transport duties.

collection Dick Lohuis

Cessna 402B Businessliner CB-52 was used in the liaison role.

September 1983, Gerard Beerens

MiG-21F-13 MG-47.

September 1983, Klaus Niska

F-27-400M FF-3 in June 1997.

Stephan de Bruijn

Kauhava (EFKA)

RWY 17/35     POS 63°07'37"N 023°03'05"E     ELEV 151 ft

Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Satakunnan Lennosto

KoulLLv
1 Nov 1966 - 1 Sep 2005 S-91D Safir (->82)
CM170R (->88)
PA-28R (80-Sep04)
L-70 Vinka (80->)
Hawk Mk51 (80->)
L-90TP Redigo (91->)
Hawk Mk51A (93->)
relocated to Tikkakoski where flying training is outsourced to Patria


Midnight Hawks
1997 - 1 Sep 2005 Hawk Mk51


HävLLv 41
1 Sep 2005 - 2014 Hawk Mk51(A)
L-90TP Redigo
Hawk Mk66 (07->)
relocated to Tikkakoski


Midnight Hawks
Hawk Mk51

Saab S-91D Safir SF-14 in front of Kauhava’s hangar 1. During 1958 – 63 Finland received 35 Safir 91D and one Dutch-built 91B model.

June 1977, Klaus Niska

CM170 Magister FM-65/L on the flightline at Kauhava in July 1977.

George Kamp

As replacement for the Fouga CM-170 Mgister the British Aerospace Hawk was selected with first delivery on 16 December 1980. Hawk Mk.51 HW-331 in its original camouflage scheme is taxiing at Kauhava on 20 May 1988.

Jan Jǿrgensen

Valmet L-70 Vinka VN-10.

August 2004, Jyrki Laukkanen

Kuopio/Rissala (EFKU)

RWY 15/33     POS 63°00'26"N 027°47'52"E     ELEV 323 ft

Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Hämeen Lennosto

HävLLv 31
1 Aug 1961 - 1974 CM170R
MiG-15UTI (1962 ->)
MiG-21F-13 (1963->)
MiG-21U (1965 - 1974)
renamed Karjalan Lennosto
Karjalan Lennosto

HävLLv 31
1974 - present MiG-15UTI (->1977)
MiG-21F-13 (->1986)
MiG-21U (->81)
PA-28R (1974 - Sep 2004)
MiG-21UM (1974 - 1998)
MiG-21bis (1976 - 1998)
Hawk Mk51
PA-31-350 (1983 - 2011)
L-90TP Redigo (1980 - ?)
F-18C/D (1998 - ->)
PC-12/47E (2011 - ->)

CM170 Magister FM-8.

11 July 1975, Klaus Niska

Main role for the four MiG 15UTI’s was for transition training for pilots who were going to fly the MiG 21. Secondary roles included proficiency training.

July 1977, George Kamp

MiG-21F-13 MG-63.

July 1977, George Kamp

First of the MiG 21UMs withdrawn from use was MK-126 which was photographed on it last flight on 14 December 1993.

Jyrki Laukkanen

Pori (EFPO)
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
2. Lennosto

HävLLv 11
4 Dec 1944 - 31 Dec 1956 VL Myrsky
Curtiss Hawk 75A
Me Bf109G
Vihuri
Vampire FB52 (53-58)
renamded Satakunnan Lennosto
Satakunnan Lennosto

HävLLv 11
1 Jan 1957 - 1 May 1962 Vihuri
Vampire FB52 (53-58)
relocated to Tikkakoski


HekoLtue
Jan 1961 - 1 June 1962 PZL SM-1 (11Mar61->)
Mi-4 (61->)
amalgamated in to KuljLLv at Utti


HävLLv 21
1 May 1962 - 1 Aug 1985 CM170R (->81)
PA-28R (74->)
Hawk Mk51 (81->)
PA-31-350 (83->)
relocated to Tampere
Rovaniemi (EFRO)

RWY 03/21, 12/30 (gravel)     POS 66°33'45"N 025°49'37"E     ELEV 645 ft

Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Lapin Lennosto

HävLLv 11
16 Aug 1973 - present CM170R
Saab 35BS (->96)
Saab 35S (74-24Aug00)
Saab 35CS (76-00)
Saab 35FS (84-00)
PA-28R (74-Sep04)
Ce402B (26May75-Apr84)
PA-31-350 (83-11)
L-90TP Reddigo (91-11)
F-18C/D (00->)
PC-12/47E (11->)

CM170 Magister FM-39/Y photographed at Kauhava in July 1974.

Klaus Niska

Saab 35S Draken DK-203 in its original metal c/s in August 1975.

Klaus Niska

L-90TP Redigo RG-2 seen at Oulu in June 1997.

Jan Jǿrgensen

Saab 35C Draken DK-270 manoeuvring in the sky above central Finland in July 2000.

Jyrki Laukkanen

Tampere/Pirkkala (EFTP)

RWY 06/24     POS 61°24'59"N 023°36'54"E     ELEV 390 ft

Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Satakunnan Lennosto

HävLLv 21
1 Aug 1985 - June 2014 Hawk Mk51 (->?)
PA-28R (->Sep04)
PA-31-350 (->11)
Saab 35CS (->95)
Saab 35FS (->95)
L-90TP Reddigo (91-11)
F-18C/D (95->)
PC-12/47E (11->)
disbanded


TukiLLv / 1 Flight
1 July 2013 - present F27-400M
C295M


TukiLLv / 2 Flight
Lj35A


TukiLLv / 3 Flight
F27-100
C295M (ELINT/SIGINT)


TukiLLv / 4 Flight
PC-12/47E
Aircraft and Weapon Systems Training Wing

IlmaStK
2013 - present various

Saab 35FS Draken DK-225 slowing down after landing with the tail wheel protecting the tail cone from scraping.

June 1997, Stephan de Bruijn

Piper 31-350 PC-3 in July 1997.

Jan Jǿrgensen

Utti (EFUT)

RWY 07/25     POS 60°53'47"N 026°56'17"E     ELEV 339ft

Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
3. Lennosto

HävLLv 31
4 Dec 1944 - 31 Dec 1956 Me Bf109G
Vihuri
CM170R
renamed Karjalan Lennosto
Karjalan Lennosto

HävLLv 31
1 Jan 1957 - 1 Aug 1961 Vihuri
CM170R
relocated to Kuopio


KuljLtue
1 Aug 1958 - 1 Sep 1960 S-91D Safir
C-47A (Mar 1960 - ->)
renamed KuljLLv


KuljLLv
1 Sep 1960 - 31 dec 1996 C-47A (->18Dec84)
Il-28R (->30June81)
PA-28R (74->)
F27-100 (18July80->)
Lj35A (28Sep82->)
PA-31-350 (83->)
F27-400M (1Feb84->)

relocated to Tikkakoski


KuljLLv - HekoLtue
1 June 1962 - 31 dec 1996 SM-1 (->28Apr66)
Mi-4 (->21Sep79)
SE3130 (28Mar66-20Mar75)
AB206A (13Dec68-9Mar79)
Mi-8T (28May73->)
H500C (17Apr75->?)
Mi-8P (78->)
H500D (?->)
disbanded

Although developed as a tactical-bomber, the Ilyushin 28 was only used for non-offensive missions in the Ilmavoimat. Tasking included target-towing, photomapping, reconnaissance, maritime surveillance, pollution control and later ELINT.

collection Dick Lohuis

Besides two DC-2s & two C-53s all other eight Dakotas in Finnish service were C-47s like this DO-8.

July 1977, George Kamp

Three Mil Mi 4 helicopters served the KuljLLv at Utti since June 1962, with last flight on 21 September 1979.

July 1977, George Kamp

A single AB 206A Jet Ranger was acquired on 13 December 1968 to replace the Alouette II which lost in a crash.

July 1977, George Kamp

Mi-8T HS-4.

Stephan de Bruijn

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