Finnish Air Force WWII Bristol Blenheim. The swastika, known as hakaristi in Finnish, has been considered a good luck symbol in Scandinavia and the Baltic region for thousands of years, appearing on pottery and runes. In 1918, a straightened blue swastika on a white background was adopted as the official symbol of the Finnish air force.
During the Continuation War (1941–44) the Finnish State Aircraft Factory (Valtion Lentokonetehdas, VL) also built some 50 D.XXIs with the Swedish-built Pratt & Whitney R-1535 Twin Wasp Junior as the Bristol Mercury was in short supply. These can be identified by their longer cockpit glazing, smooth cowl, and large ventral air intake under the cowl. The fixed undercarriage lent itself to both unimproved runways and conversion to skis for winter use, both of which were advantages in the winter
Hawker (CCF) Hurricane Mk12 G-CBOE / HC-465 (cn CCF/R30040) Painted temporarily in the colours of the Finnish Air Force during the WWII. The plane that this painting depicts was originally the Red Air Force's but it crashlanded on Finnish territory and was taken into use by the Finnish Air Force.