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Finland's VL Myrsky, Myrsky fighter
Translation: "Storm"


Design of the VL Myrsky first started in the middle of 1939 / 1941. E. Wegeluis was the designer of the Myrsky.

There were many initial problems that had to be ironed out before the Myrsky II was produced.

The wing of the Myrsky was made of wood and the fuselage steel tubing. These were then covered with duraluminum and fabric.


The Swedes built the Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp engine.


The Myrsky prototype was first flown on December 23, 1941 / 1942. Problems were discovered in the design and three more prototypes / pre production aircraft were constructed. These underwent structural and other changes. The first to fly was in April 1943 and it crashed three weeks later. The second did a wheels up landing, but crashed after repairs. The third's wings detached during a dive.

Forty six of the improved Myrsky IIs were ordered.


  • Prototypes and pre production: 4
  • Myrsky II: 47
  • Total: 51
    • Manufacturer: Valtion Lentokonetehdas (National Air Industry)


  • Prototypes:
  • Myrsky II: Production version. Stronger undercarriage and redesigned wing.


Finland was the only country to use the VL Myrsky.

The Myrsky II entered service in 1944.

Continuation War

The Myrsky IIs were used in reconnaissance squadrons of the Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force) against the Soviets in the Continuation War.

Fighting Germany

The Myrsky was used against the Germans in Lapland. The Myrsky was used as close support against German ground forces.

Post World War II

The Myrsky was in Finnish service until May 1947 when additional structural failures turned up forcing the Myrsky to be grounded.


  VL Myrsky
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-SC3G Twin Wasp (SFA built)
Cylinders Radial 14
HP 1,065
Propeller blades 3
Wing area  
Maximum load  
Speed @ sea level  
Speed @ 10,665'  
Speed @ 11,155' /
3,400 m
Maximum cruising speed  
Climb to 9,840' /
3,000 m
Service Ceiling  
Upper cowling  
  VL Myrsky II, Myrsky II
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) SFA-Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 1,065
Propeller blades  
Span 36' 1"
11 m
Length 27' 4.75", 27' 5"
8.35 m
Height 9' 10"
3 m
Wing area  
Empty 5,152 lb
2,337 kg
Loaded 6,504 lb
2,950 kg
Maximum load 7,083 lb
3,213 kg
Speed @ sea level 292 mph
470 kph
Speed @ 10,665' 329 mph
Speed @ 11,155' /
3,400 m
333 mph
536 kph
Maximum cruising speed 260 mph
418 kph
Climb to 9,840' /
3,000 m
3.5 minutes
Service Ceiling 29,530'
9,000 m
Range 310 miles, 311 miles
500 km
Upper cowling 4: MG
4: 12.7 mm MG


  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
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