Teivo Teivanen, professor of international politics at the University of Helsinki, drew attention to the fact that the Finnish Air Force, without advertising this, finally decided to remove the swastika from its official paraphernalia. Since 1918, in the symbolism of the Finnish Air Force, the swastika was present as the main symbol. Until recently, the swastika was the central sign on the flag of the Finnish Air Force units, next to which the wings were depicted.
Now the Finnish Air Force Command, answering incoming questions, notes that the swastika really ceased to exist as an emblem of the military aviation countries "definitively".
The press service of the department notes that officially such an emblem (called the emblem of Eric von Rosen) was abandoned back in 2017, but until recently it was still preserved on the flags of some parts of the Air Force, as well as on some chevrons and awards.
The Western press says that the situation today was paid attention only because a wave of protest is gaining momentum throughout the Western world after the sensational tragic episode in Minneapolis USA, where a black George Floyd was killed by a policeman. Apparently, before this case, no one in Finland had any special questions about the presence of a swastika as a military paraphernalia.
The swastika as such was used on Finnish aviation from 1918 to April 1945. But even after its “first cancellation”, it continued to be used as, for example, a graphic detail of Finnish pilots awards.