The overnight stay halfway offered two advantages on Wednesday 16 May. The first advantage was that we now had the opportunity to visit the museum on Tikkakoski which was opened earlier to the participants of the tour on request. This is a great museum with a unique collection and guides with a passion for military aviation. They were very willing to provide an explanation if desired. In this museum you can find one of the last original Brewster Buffalo B.239. The second advantage was that the trip could be divided into two parts because Kuopio opened only at noon. This gave the opportunity to drive the final part in the morning, with enough time for a visit to the museum.
On Kuopio-Rissala the Karjalan Lennosto Wing HävLLv 31 is based with Hornets. Again during the day there are operational flights and because you are close to the taxi track and the runway, there are also more than excellent photographic opportunities here. By the end of the show all aircraft and helicopters that have been shown as static displays will leave and give a nice opportunity for photography. Here, too, you stand with the sun in your back all day long. And here too, that sun was shining brightly!
From Kuopio it was about a three to four hours’ drive to Utti, but this can also be divided into two parts by halfway through the night. We did that in Varkaus, where some kind of elderly karaoke seemed to take place in the hotel. We therefore decided to get the food and the beer somewhere else.