Karelia Aviation Museum

Lappeenranta, Finland

The Karelia Aviation Museum is located at Lappeenranta Airport. The museum is run by Kaakkois-Suomen ilmailumuseoyhdistys ry. The museum is housed in two covered halls and displays fighter aircraft and smaller objects from the Second World War and onwards.

The first hall, the MG Hall, houses the Mig-21BIS MG-127 fighter. The showcases also feature aircraft instruments and gauges, turbine blades and parts from bombers which saw action during the Second World War. On the walls are flying equipment from the Mig fighter, as well as the wing and fuselage fuel tanks of the aircraft.

The second exhibition hall houses a SAAB 355 Draken fighter and SAAB 91D Safir Trainer. Other exhibits on display in the hall include objects originating from the air battles fought during the ‘Winter War’ and the ‘Continuation War’. During the early part of the ‘Winter War’ (1939-40), on 1st December 1939, Immola airfield was bombed by the enemy’s Tupolev SB-2 planes. It was during this bombing raid that Captain G. Magnusson shot down one of the attacking planes above Lake Rampalanjärvi in Ruokolahti. The plane plunged into the lake, in flames, and its observer was taken prisoner at the perimeter of the airfield. Here, you can examine the wing flap and other parts of this bomber plane.

Reference: Museums of South Karelia

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Mira Hämäläinen (6 months ago)
Great place for kids.
Heikki Hellgren (6 months ago)
3 halls containing all kinds of aviation stuff especially from the war times. Old planes, cannons and helicopter you can visit. The guy at the reception is very nice and has good knowledge of the presented things.
Jaroslav Madacki (11 months ago)
The Karelia Aviation Museum (Finnish: Karjalan Ilmailumuseo) is located at Lappeenranta Airport in Lappeenranta, Finland. The museum is run by Kaakkois-Suomen ilmailumuseoyhdistys ry. The museum has also been known as the Aviation Museum of South-Eastern Finland (Finnish: Kaakkois-Suomen ilmailumuseo). The museum is housed in two covered halls and displays fighter aircraft and smaller objects from the Second World War and onwards. Aircraft on display include: MiG-21BIS (MG-127), Saab 35 Draken (DK-213), Saab 91 Safir (OH-SFB), as well as Jorma Kettunen's Nieuport 17 replica (OH-U323). In 2005 the museum also had a Hawker Hurricane (HC-452) on loan from the Aviation Museum of Central Finland. Among the smaller objects on display is a radial engine from a Fokker C.X that sank in Lake Saimaa, engine and different parts from a Tupolev SB that went down in Ylämaa. The museum is closed during winters.
Peter Kontturi (3 years ago)
Intressant!
Eija Simola (3 years ago)
Sotahistoriasta tuli mielenkiintoista tietoa,mitä en tiennyt ollenkaan!Siellä oli yksi asiantunteva henkilö,joka kertoi meille lentokonehallissa olevista koneista-ja koneen osista,sekä lentäjistä!
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