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Finnish Air Force Midnight Hawks

The Finnish Air Force's current aerobatic team celebrates the 20th anniversary of its establishment this year. The Midnight Hawks fly four BAe Hawk Mk.51 trainers operated by Hävittäjälentolaivue 41, the air arm's fighter training school, based at Kauhava. Their pilots are instructors from that unit. While the Midnight Hawks' foreign appearances are rare events, the team has displayed at events in Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden, as well as in the UK for RIAT 2004 - the last time the Midnight Hawks visited these shores. Finland was one of the first export customers for the very successful Hawk, originally ordering the type in 1980.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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