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Song Parodies -> "Inka Niskanen"

Original Song Title:

"Happy to be Young"

Original Performer:

Howie Harper

Parody Song Title:

"Inka Niskanen"

Parody Written by:

Robert D. Arndt Jr.

The Lyrics

Fighter pilot Inka Niskanen became Finland's first female Air Force officer in 2002, appointed by President Tarja Halonen. Her training had lasted for five years, beginning with voluntary military service in 1997 ending with graduation from the National Defence College. Her first solo flight took place in 1998. She flies the Finnish AF F-18 Hornet fighter. The Finnish Air Force resisted female conscripts longer than the Army or Navy. One other woman also began her military service in 1997 with Niskanen, but she did not pursue a career in the military. Niskanen had received so much publicity during her training that the Air Force eventually had to limit the number of interviews she could grant. Niskanen fared well in her studies, beating numerous male colleagues. She commented that she was extremely satisfied with the flight training she received. After the expensive training, graduates such as Niskanen must commit themselves to serve with the military for a number of years. Niskanen was part of Karelian Air Command, FS 31, at Rissala AB.
In Finnish Siivet Magazine
Inka Niskanen can be found
Frisian Flag Exercise
Her F-18, she did a walk-around

First female Finnish fighter pilot
First female Finnish AF officer
She first took flight in 1998
Flies F-18 Hornet fighters

Karelian Air Command
Fighter Squadron 31
Based at Rissala AB
She’s as good as anyone

Niskanen fared well in her studies
Beat numerous male colleagues
Pride of ILMAVOIMAT
Much publicity she received
http://absurdit.net/misc/imgs/inka_niskanen.jpg http://www2.helsinginsanomat.fi/kuvat/uutiset/2000/10/12/20001012oyo06i.jpg

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WCJ - October 03, 2011 - Report this comment
(Looking at first pic)-Hello baby, come fly with me, come fly with me, come, come, let's, fly, fly away! :-D (At second pic) What an awesome plane! Just as awesome as the woman who flew it! ;-) oh, and just as an awesome parody to go with it too! :-) 555!
Susanna Viljanen - October 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I know Lt. Niskanen. My cousin is her squadronmate. Fighter Squadron 31 is the direct descendant of WWII Fighter Squadron 24 - it was re-numbered 1945 - which was the top-scoring FinnAF fighter squadron. They have a good tradition with US Navy fighters - F2A Brewster in WWII and F-18 Hornet today. I have once suggested my cousin that they should paint the top profile of Brewster on one of their Hornets just like the Belgian AF has painted the top profile of Spitfire on one of their F-16s.
Susanna Viljanen - October 03, 2011 - Report this comment
My bad. She has been promoted recently as Captain, and she is a flight instructor. If you look at the patch on her left breast, it sports the Supersonic Lynx insignia (black leaping lynx on white cloud) over the colours of Karelia - red and black. The insignia dates back to WWII and Brewsters.
Rob Arndt - October 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm a bit surprosed Susanna- the WW2 Brewster exported to Finland was the B-239 (de-navalized F2A-1). Your "Sky Pearl" that was the only real successful Buffalo in combat against the Soviets: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/Brewster_B-239_(BW-372)_K-SIM_02.jpg
Susanna Viljanen - October 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Yup. The plane in the pic is BW-372, the personal plane of Capt. Lauri Pekuri. He scored 5 of his 18.5 victories on Brewsters. He later was the first Finn to break the sound barrier, on Folland Gnat - and the first Finn to exceed Mach 2 as he tested Dassault Mirage III in France. Lauri Pekuri finished his pilot's career as Colonel on MiG-21, but lived long enough to fly an instruction flight on Hornet while on retirement. He passed away 1999. The highest scoring Finnish Brewster pilot was Hans Wind, who scored 39 of his 75 kills on Brewster. Ilmari Juutilainen, top scoring Finnish fighter ace, scored 36 of his 94 with Brewster. I have met both before they passed away.
Rob Arndt - October 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks Susanna. I am aware and b/c I specialize in avaition too I am not gonna 1-up you here. It wouldn't be fair as I was the tyrant leader of RAM with 12,200 posts on aviation. I like it that as a female you know a lot. But one remaining mystery about VL in Finland- I can't seem to find-out if the VL Puuska was ever worked on...??? Some say yes, and most aviation historians-No!!! I also have a page on Finland for my Rare Aircraft book online. Check it out, over 1000+ a/c here and you can click Finland easily: http://rareaircraf1.greyfalcon.us/

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