Air Force helicopters to make celebratory formation flights for Victory Day

Robinson R44s on a formation flight.
Robinson R44s on a formation flight. Source:

On Monday, June 22, four Robinson R44 helicopters will make formation flights to celebrate Tuesday's Victory Day (Võidupüha). Helicopters will take off from Ämari Air Force Base at 12 p.m. and will fly over larger Estonian cities.

The indicative timetable for cities is as follows:

- Keila 12.05 p.m.
- Saue 12.10 p.m.
- Tallinn 12.20 p.m.
- Tapa 12.45 p.m.
- Rakvere 12.55 p.m.
- Põltsamaa 1.25 p.m.
- Tartu 1.45 p.m.
- Otepää 3.15 p.m.
- Viljandi 3.40 p.m.
- Pärnu 4.05 p.m.
- Kihnu 4.20 p.m.
- Kuressaare 6 p.m.
- Kärdla 7.15 p.m.
- Vormsi 7.25 p.m.
- Haapsalu 7.30 p.m.

Victory Day (Võidupüha) marks the decisive battle during the Estonian War of Independence in which the country's military forces and their allies defeated the German forces who sought to re-assert control over the region.

The day has been celebrated on June 23 every year since 1934 until 1939 and then again after the restoration of Estonian independence from 1992.

Although it marks the important historical battle, the annual parades also commemorate and recognize the contributions of all Estonians in their fight to regain and retain their independence.

The celebrations of Võidupüha are also ceremonially tied to the celebrations of jaanipäev.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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