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| Taivaan Lintu |
Bird of Heaven
|Taivaan Lintu over its hanger in the Helsinki Airfield in 1941|
|Manufacturer||Ilma valo (Air Light Limited.)|
|Designed by||Hinta Poissa (1889-1953)|
|Maiden flight||January 16, 1941|
|Introduction||January 1, 1941|
|Retired||January 24, 1957|
|Status||On display, in Finland's National Museum of Aeronautics, located in Helsinki.|
|Program cost||$4 million|
|Unit cost||$3 million|
|Developed from||Hindenburg class|
Taivaan Lintu was a large Finnish commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Taivaan Lintu class, the largest flying machine of any kind (by dimension) ever built. The airship flew from January 16, 1941 until its retirement on January 24, 1957, at the end of a North American transatlantic journey of its sixteenth season of service. Named the Taivaan Lintu, or Bird of Heaven in English, the ship was helium gas-filled.