Thank you to the supporters of the Caravelle project
Keskiviikko 21.6.2023 - Erja Reinikainen
We managed to restore the SAS Caravelle III Sven Viking, abandoned on the edge of the airfield for decades, to the Finnair OH-LEA Bluebird in the schedule we had defined. It was open to the public during the Turku Airshow at Turku airport, on June 17th and 18th. On both days there was a queue at the Bluebird’s gate and the volunteer guides, who have been involved in the restoration work, had an interested audience. After a successful effort – the restoration and the airshow weekend – the team of volunteers can relax and enjoy a well-earned summer holiday.
Photos by Jouko Tarponen
We think that this is a good moment to thank all those who have supported the Caravelle project. Without you the Bluebird wouldn’t be ready to be presented to the public.
In this period of about a year and a half we have received financial support for the procurement of many important items. In a society operating on membership fees we appreciate your support very much. Many of you have lent us special tools which are needed in the disassembly and reassembly work. Without your help we wouldn’t have been able to get these tools. Furthermore, we have been given access to Caravelle archive data, we have been given lots of valuable advice and all kinds of help in the problems we have encountered during the project.
We thank the companies and societies which have supported us. They are mentioned at the end of this blog.
We thank all the private persons who have helped us in various ways during the project.
And last but not least, we thank the family members and other close ones of our volunteers for patience and understanding for the OH-LEA Bluebird.
Statens Maritima on Transporthistoriska Museer (Sweden)
Arlanda Flygsamlingar (Sweden) / Jan Forsgren
Le Caravelle Club (Sweden) / Ulf Nyström
Swedavia (Sweden) / Andreas Persson
Danmarks Tekniske Museet, Helsingør (Denmark) / Susanne Krogh Jensen
P. Tyllilä Linja Oy / Juhani Tyllilä, Katri Tyllilä, Kimmo Koskinen
Select Service Partner Finland Oy
Kuljetus R. Stenvall Oy / Jussi Mäkelä
Nostot & kuljetukset R. M. Laine Oy / Mikko Laine
Hyvinkään Ilmailukerho ry
Finavia / Juha Aaltonen, Veli-Matti Paasikivi, EFTU kunnossapito
Port of Turku
Companies in the Pansio shipyard area
Teknos / Markku Uusitalo
Anzo / Oy C.E. Lindgren Ab
Arctic Decals / Mika Jernfors
Finnish Aviation Museum