Demoiselle replica goes on show in Finland

A full-scale replica Demoiselle No 20 recently went on display at the Tuulonen shopping centre, between the cities of Tampere and Lahti, next to the historic Douglas DC-2

The Demoiselle has been donated to the Aviation Museum Society Finland by the Museum Centre Vapriikki of Tampere. Constructed around the turn of the century by a team of museum volunteers, the replica was built to recall the first powered aircraft imported to Finland in 1911.

An improved variant of the original, the Demoiselle No 20, appeared in 1909, with about 15 being built. One Demoiselle No 20, powered by a Darracq engine, was imported to Finland by the Sergei Nikolajeff car dealership and sold to the sculptor Adolf Aarno. Between 1911 and 1914, Aarno made several unsuccessful attempts to fly the Demoiselle from the icy surface of Lake Pyhäjärvi near Tampere. During an engine run on 8 March 1914, it was damaged beyond repair by strong winds.

With DC-2 c/n 1354 Hanssin-Jukka wearing its ‘Air Force One’ Winter War Finnish Air Force markings as a backdrop, the Demoiselle No 20 makes for an interesting addition to the Tuulonen shopping centre.
With DC-2 c/n 1354 Hanssin-Jukka wearing its ‘Air Force One’ Winter War Finnish Air Force markings as a backdrop, the Demoiselle No 20 makes for an interesting addition to the Tuulonen shopping centre. KIMMO SALOMAA VIA JANNE SALONEN