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SOLOTÜRK F-16 will perform for the first time in Finland at Vaasa Airshow 2024!

SOLOTURK is a demonstration team which presents the capability of the modern and high-performance F-16 aircraft possessed by Turkish Air Force and the high level of skill and knowledge necessary for its use to the audience as a show. The demonstration flights are realized with a solo F-16 C Block-30 aircraft. White-coloured smoke is released from the smoke devices which are placed on the edges of both wings during the show. No modifications have been made on the aircraft; it can be planned for any mission. Besides the demonstration flights, the SOLOTURK pilots continue their combat training.

Max Koskela, the event director of the airshow and chairman of Vaasa Flying Club, is happy that the air show team’s hard work of more than a year is now starting to bear fruit.
– It’s great to have a big international air show in Vaasa for the first time in 40 years, says Koskela.

Display director Jyri Mattila is also excited that the Soloturk F-16 demo team will perform in Finland for the first time.
– The show is really great and memorable. Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity and come to see the fast maneuvers and agility of the fighter and hear the roar of the afterburner, says Mattila.


Woikoski Safirs

The Team Pilots:

Safir 1.  Clas Palmberg ja Miikka Rautakoura

Safir 2.  Hannu Halonen and Olli Kivinen

Safir 3.  Martti Henriksson and Jaakko Nikkanen

Safir 4.  Ari Saarinen

Safir 5.  Tapio Pitkänen (solo)

The Team has versatile experience of aerobatics and formation flying. Most of the pilots have military background in the Finnish Air Force and also competition background. Three of our Team members, not seen in Vaasa, Jyri Mattila and Mikko Koli are also active pilots in our Team. Jyri is the Airboss 1 in Vaasa Airshow!

Saab Safir SB91D

The Saab Safir is Swedish made aeroplane, born in late 1940s. The Finnish Airforce bought Safirs and they served in the FIAF in 1958-1982. 

The history of the Woikoski Safirs Team

Mr. Clas Palmberg, the owner of the company Woikoski Ltd, owns all the planes. He has been working for many years restoring these beautiful planes. Aeroplane mechanic Mr. Markku Käkönen has done the biggest job for these planes to get them back in service. The planes have the original FIAF colour code.

These planes have been restored in the past years and the formation flying started in 2017. Now there are five planes in service and three other ones are under restoring.

The program of the Team

In 2024 the Team has a formation display with 4-ship. In the display We will fly formation in different figures calmly and in a dignified way. The formation does not fly aerobatics.  The Solo program consists of Sportsman level figures. The maximum G-force is 4G. We won´t harrow these old ladies!

The Woikoski Safirs will make honor for the planes and their service in the Finnish Air Force in 1958 – 1982. Many pilot generations in the FIAF got their primary training with Saab Safir before starting the jet training with the French
two-seat jet trainer Fouga C.M.170 Magister.

Dear Audience! Welcome to Vaasa to the Finnish Aeronautical Association’s main airshow of 2024 and experience the Safirs in the sky!

© Geert Van de Put
© Geert Van de Put

Pitts S-1SS OH-XPC

“In the last Vaasa Airshow (-84), behind the fence a teenage boy said out loud, some day I will too.
Now is the opportunity, at my home airport!” says Ari Kutvonen. 😎

Ari got his PDA last year, and he is now making his debut at Vaasa Airshow with his Pitts S-1SS Special OH-XPC aerobatic plane. There will be classic aerobatics with a classic of aerobatic aircraft! 🛩

Ari started his flying hobby in Vaasa at a young age and is also a long-time member of Vaasa Flying Club.

Picture: Mikko Maliniemi

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Antti Jouppi

Antti Jouppi

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