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The Post-War Finnish Air Force from 1944 to the present

Posted by Picard578 on May 12, 2016

The Baltic Post

The Period of Reconstruction – 1945-1960

With the end of the war, the operations of the Finnish Air Force were cut back drastically, and the service did not start to recover in full until the latter half of the 1950s. The end of the Continuation War almost brought the Finnish Air Force to a complete halt. The prohibition of all combat types from flying duties came into effect from the truce between Finland and the Soviet Union during 1944 to August 1945. Further restrictions imposed by the Allied Control Commission brought flight training to a complete standstill.

Valmet Vihuri (VH-18) Keski-Suomen ilmailumuseo. Valmet Vihuri (VH-18) Keski-Suomen ilmailumuseo.

The domestic made Valmet Vihuri advanced trainer helped the Finnish Air Force to make it through the difficult post-war years. The aircraft was built making use of war surplus materials to the maximum extent.

The peace also implied material cutbacks and changes in the service’s doctrine and structure.

The Paris Peace Treaty signed…

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One Response to “The Post-War Finnish Air Force from 1944 to the present”

  1. altandmain said

    If you think about it, the Finnish airforce did historically, punch above its weight due to the outstanding pilots. Again, an example of a small nation doing well. Not always as you’ve noted, but Finland seems to be quite consistent in this regard.

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