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History of “Sea Eagle” Monument in Vaasa

19 April, 2012 (20:27) | Facts About Finland, Finnish History | By: Snezhana Snezhko

Sea Eagle Monument

One of the monuments dedicated to Finnish aviation is located in the Vaskiluoto park on the bridge that connects two main islands in Vaasa. The monument was designed by Kalervo Kallio (1909-1969) and constructed by Suomen Kiviteollisuus Oy. The monument was officially represented on 12.10.1969.

The length of the monument is 7 m. Red granite, collected from the municipality of Vehmaa, is the main material of the statue. The monument consists of six granite stones that weight more than 63 t all together. An impressive figure of an eagle with stretching wings is placed on top of the monument, 13 m from the sea level. The length of the spread wings is 5, 6 m. The bird weights 3000kg. The bronze bird is fixed into granite base with four stainless acidproof steel screws. The inscription on the monument is engraved through sandblasting in both languages Finnish and Swedish:

(which means dedicated to “Finnish Aviation”).

Sea eagle is the only bird that is landing on the widely spread feet. This way of landing reminds the landing of the first planes. The funds for the construction of the monuments came from different sources. 8% of funding came from Sweden. The total cost of the monument consisted of 230 000 marks.

The monument dedicated to the aviation is a sign of a deep respect to the military sky forces as well as to all contributing members oriented to improve and develop Finnish aviation forces.

On 6.3.1918 the plane called “Morane Parasol” landed in the southern part of Vaasa. The pilot of the plane was the lieutenant Nils Kindberg and the passenger was Alderman Eric von Rosen who presented the plane to Finnish army. It was the first plane of the Finnish military sky forces and, therefore, it received the name of its presenter – Alderman Eric von Rosen. The destiny of the plane did not last long. Already in 16.4.1918 the plane crashed on the ice of lake Näsijärvi in Tampere from the height of 800m. The cause of the crash was the break of one of the plane’s wings. The Swedish pilot K.A. Westman and the mechanic from Vaasa S.E. Nylund.

Information taken from Vaasan patsaat ja muistomerkit, 2008

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