In the early 1950s, the Finnish Border Guard acquired two De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver aircraft to enhance medical transports and other transport flight needs in remote areas. The DHC-2 Beaver was a six-seat metal transport aircraft specially designed for Canada’s challenging wil-derness conditions. In the mid-1950s, a third plane was acquired which was stationed in Rovaniemi.
Two previously purchased Beavers operated from Turku and Vaasa. According to statistics from 1958, there were relatively few cases of childbirth on medical flights. Infantile paralysis and polio cases were a priority. Severe abdominal ulcers, cancer patients, and cases of appendicitis, meningitis and pneumonia were also handled with ambulance flights. The Finnish Border Guard’s Beaver aircraft were also used to fly President Urho Kekkonen on ski trips to Lapland.
The Beaver fleet served the Finnish Border Guard’s air transport needs well, and the use of the type ended only in 1988. Of these aircraft, OH-MVM is on display at the Maritime Centre Vellamo and OH-MVL at the Finnish Aviation Museum in Vantaa.