The 70th Anniversary book celebrating Malmi Airport has been published

15 May 2008

The editors: Seppo Sipilä, Raine Haikarainen and Hannu-Matti Wahl. Photo: Tero Tuominen
The editors: Seppo Sipilä, Raine Haikarainen and Hannu-Matti Wahl. Photo: Tero Tuominen

On Thursday morning 15 May 2008, at the 70th Anniversary celebrations of Malmi Airport organized by Finavia, the Chairman of Friends of Malmi Airport Society (FoMA) Dr. Raine Haikarainen presented the first copy of the brand new book "Malmi - Helsingin lentoasema" ("Malmi - the Airport of Helsinki", available in Finnish only) to the Director General of Finavia, Mr. Samuli Haapasalo in the entrance hall of Malmi Airport. The second copy was presented to Airport Chief Ari Sireeni.

The proper releasing ceremony took place in restaurant Hopealintu's cabinet in the presence of the media and invited guests. An-2 Lennuklubi Helsinki offered the guests a sightseeing flight over Helsinki in their sturdy Antonov biplane. At the same time, book sales to the public commenced in the entrance hall where Finavia's coffee-and-cake hospitality continued into the afternoon.

With more than 330 pages and ample illustration, the book will charm everyone interested in aviation and history (and literate in Finnish)!
With more than 330 pages and ample illustration, the book will charm everyone interested in aviation and history (and literate in Finnish)!

On Saturday 17 May between noon and 4 pm, the book is available in the entrance hall of Malmi Airport at the FoMA / SIL member price of 33 (for others 37). FoMA will arrange guided tours in the historic milieu every hour on the hour. Welcome to page through the exploits of past generations, dire moments in the nation's history and present-day versatile aviation activities at their original scene!

The book is also for sale at Finnish Aeronautical Association's SIL-Shop and electronic store. The book covers the formative years of modern Finnish commercial aviation from the planning stage of land-based airports to the late 1930's thriving of Helsinki Airport, the dramatic years of war and consequent capture by the Allied Control Commission, the new post-war heyday as well as the development of Malmi Airport into the foremost Finnish center of pilot education and hobby aviation. The promising future prospects of Malmi Airport are also studied.

The profits from the book will be spent on FoMA's continuing work to defend the future of the capital's own, esteemed and versatile airport.