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Lentäjien juhannus - Midnight Sun Airshow 2006, Finland

Photos from the annual Midnight Sun Airshow at Kauhava Air Force Base, Finland.
Photos by Jukka "Grendel" Kauppinen, Sami "Wasq" Vaskuu & Pentti "Buffalo" Kurkinen.

This traditional summer airshow by Finnish Air Force took place for the 62nd time.

Photos from the airshow. Flying and ground display. 181 photos:

Photos from the airshow party, dweebs and some night time flying. 38 photos:


Midnight Sun Airshow video 1: Gauntlet, Vinka, Ultimate, Pitts, Fouga Magister
Format: WMV. Size: 72 MB.
Midnight Sun Airshow video 2: Ground show, including Gauntlet, F-16, A-10.
Format: WMV. Size: 41 MB.
Midnight Sun Airshow video 3: Hawk solo, F-18 solo, F-16 solo, MiG-29 solo
Format: WMV. Size: 85 MB.
Midnight Sun Airshow video 4: Midnight Hawks, Red Arrows
Format: WMV. Size: 75 MB.
Midnight Sun Airshow video 5: Pilot interviews
Format: WMV. Size: 102 MB.

The history of the Midnight Sun Airshow started 1945 when Finnish Air Force Training Air Wing’s (Lentosotakoulu) personnel organized first midsummer airshow, which gathered 6267 spectators. Training Air Wing’s instructors performed formation flying and all major Finnish Air Force types were flown, the tradition was born. Training Air Wing’s midsummer airshow grew, and became Midnight Sun Airshow and festival. Annual event, every June, gathers now many foreign participants and some 15 000 spectators. The airshow starts 7 p.m. and lasts close to midnight when the last display is flown. It is great experience for spectators and visiting aircrews to display under midnight sun.

In Finland there is only one international airshow organised regularly every year and it is Midnight Sun Airshow. Naturally there are other major airshows in Finland too, but they are organised on irregular basis. Therefore Finnish Air Force is participating Midnight Sun Airshow with all major types both in the air and on the ground. Finnish Air Force Display Team Midnight Hawks is based at Kauhava AB and the airshow is also their “homeshow”. As Midnight Sun Airshow is organised at Kauhava AB, which is home of Training Air Wing with some 40 BAe Hawks, the event has also important public affairs and recruiting purpose for Finnish Air Force.

Beside of the military equipment there was a variety of representatives of the civil aviation.

Midsummer and its Midsummer Eve is the most important festival in Finland and the whole country is basically closed that weekend when everyone is celebrating midsummer. This in mind Midsummer Festival at Kauhava AB has many top class music performers playing in aircraft hangars in turns with flying and other activities.

Aaircraft participation list

Static Display:
2 x A-10 Thunderbolt II USAFE
Mi-8 Jaeger Regiment Finnish Army
Valmet Vinka Support Squadron Finnish Air Force
Valmet L-90TP Redigo Fighter Squadron 41 Finnish Air Force
C-172 SAR Aircraft Lentopelastusseura ry
3 x FFA AS-202 Bravo Patria Flight Training
BAe Systems Hawk MK 51 Fighter Squadron 41 Finnish Air Force
Boeing F-18C Hornet Fighter Squadron 21 Finnish Air Force
Lockheed C-130 Hercules French Air Force
Antonov An-26 Polish Air Force
As Kauhava AB is home for all Finnish Air Force Hawks, many additional Hawks can be seen around ramp areas.

Flying Display
9 x Hawk T.1/T.1A Red Arrows Royal Air Force
4 x Hawk MK 51/51A Midnight Hawks Finnish Air Force
F-16A (MLU) F-16 demo team RNLAF
MiG-29 solo display Polish Air Force
Boeing F-18C Hornet Fighter Squadron 21 Finnish Air Force
BAe Systems Hawk MK 51 Fighter Squadron 41 Finnish Air Force
Valmet Vinka Support Squadron Finnish Air Force
Pitts S-S1 Raimo Nikkanen Aerobatic display
Ultimate 10-300SK Sami Kontio Aerobatic Unlimited Oy
Gloster Gauntlet Jyrki Laukkanen Lentotekniikan kilta ry
Fouga CM170 Magister Pauli Perttula warbird (ex-Finnish AF)

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