Public Day at Malmi Airport on 24 July 2004 drew thousands of spectators

Thousands of spectators spent a nice summer day at Malmi Airport on Public Day 24 July 2004. This time, the public was allowed much closer to the airship
Thousands of spectators spent a nice summer day at Malmi Airport on Public Day 24 July 2004. This time, the public was allowed much closer to the airship "Yokoso! Japan". (Photo: Riku Purmola)

25 July 2004

The Public Day at Malmi Airport on Saturday 24 July 2004 brought about 10.000 spectators in spite of the short notice. The world's largest single-engine biplane Antonov An-2 and the historical DC-3 airliner took to the sky to the viewers' delight. The public was also offered things to see and experiences by several aerobatic displays, sightseeing flights and the lively normal traffic of the Airport.

Unfortunately, the wind was too gusty and prevented the airship "Yokoso! Japan" from flying during the day. However, the public was allowed much closer than before to marvel at the Zeppelin which was bobbing gently up and down tethered to a mast. "Yokoso! Japan" was finally able to take off in the evening at 7:30 pm when the wind had calmed down. The airship made four flights above the capital.

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