Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew - And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untresspassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941
Helsinki-Malmi Airport in 1941. I look at the bright horizon through my gunsight. I start the Messerschmitt Bf 109 for the first time. The plane’s engine starts and belches away some smoke. I start to smile a bit. Now I’ll have to remember the words of my instructor pilot. Flaps out, max power in 5 seconds, tailwheel has to be unlocked too. I’ll have to use the right foot pedal because of the infamous torque effect of the Bf 109. The takeoff speed will be around 200 km/h. The city of Helsinki glimmers in the morning sunlight. I will take a closer look of the city center from the air. The plane responds to my commands sharply and I’ll start to relax a bit. Now it’s time to do some aerobatics. After a couple of loops and barrel rolls I’ll start to look for the Malmi Airport again. I’ll start my approach and set the throttle to idle. I’ll lower the landing gear and the flaps out again. The runway closes really fast now and I’ll cut down the throttle completely while I pull up the nose a bit in order to cut down my airspeed. I’m over the runway now and my plane starts to stall! Quickly I open the throttle in order to keep my plane from stalling. As if by a miracle the plane straightens up just in time and after a couple of bumps I’ll execute a fair landing. Still my first flight nearly killed me. I’ll cut the engine and take a deep breath. I’ll climb out from the cockpit and notice that my hands are shaking. Then the illusion breaks away and I’m back at the aviation museum some 70 years later from the days of World War Two. The museum’s new Messerschmitt Bf 109 flight simulator really gave me a flight of a lifetime. During the very early stages of my flight I felt a bit dizzy because the 270 degree viewpoint of the simulator really turned the world around me when I executed my barrel rolls. The new flight simulator opens up for the general public in January. I highly recommend this to all the fans of military aviation.
|Messerschmitt odottaa Malmin kentällä.|
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 at the Malmi Airport
|Harri nappasi yhden. |
Harri shot down one enemy aircraft
|Suksipaketti rungon sisällä, huomaa saranat. |
The skis with the poles inside the hull. Note the hinges
|Suksiluukku koneen kyljessä.|
The hatch for the skis in the hull
|Ilmaputki jäähdyttimeltä siiven asetilaan.|
An airpipe from the radiator to the gun emplacement in the wing.
|Electroluxin uutusmalli, huomatkaa päällä olevat lentokoneen lämpömittarit. Jokaisen poikamiesboksin perusvarustus :) Oven builded by boys, note the airplane thermometers :)|
Merry christmas to all and happy new year! Blog will continue in january...