Bf 109G-6, MT-508, luutnantti (Lieutenant) Arvo Arima, HLeLv 31, Air Race, Utti, Finland, June 1950
Utti air base had a mid-summer festival open day on June 23rd, 1950. It held an air show, to which participated
a total of twelve Mersus, from both HLeLv 31 and HLeLv 33. It culminated at 7 pm to an American Reno style air
race around the pole with four specially marked planes. MT-508 was plane B and at the controls was luutnantti Arvo
Arima. He received the flying training in 1940-41 and flew as a reconnaissance pilot with LeLv 14 until demobilized
on November 12th, 1944. In 1947-51 he enlisted again with HLeLv 31. Arima died on July 18th, 1977.
The MT-508 also took part in the races; this aircraft was equipped with longer tailwheel leg. The camouflage
of this aircraft is complemented by distinguishing marking in a form of blue and white squares forming a chessboard
on the fuselage; there is a letter B on the fuselage and on top of the port wing, where it is accompanied by other
white complements, which were also painted on the left tail part. Regarding the fact that the racers flew in circles, the
historians came to conclusion that the aircraft the racers flew were marked on the left side only.
Cat. No. 11114
INFO Eduard - February 2018