Aircraft, engines and aircrew equipment which has been used by the Finnish Air Force. To whom it may concern: "The swastika, a symbol most associate with the horrors of Nazi Germany, still adorns flags and military insignia in Finland. Critics argue that the emblem should be consigned to the history books owing to its racist connotations, but the Finnish government has repeatedly rejected calls to restrict its use. Where and why is it used? Finland has used the ancient symbol on monuments, awards and decorations for nearly a century, says the national broadcaster Yle. The swastika, which is also a Hindu symbol of peace, was used by many in the West as a symbol of good luck during the early 20th century and was a common architectural motif in Finland during the 1920s and 1930s. It was also favoured by Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela, who featured it on his designs for military insignia, including the Cross of Liberty. The swastika is displayed on the flag of the president of Finland and appeared on Finnish Air Force planes until 1945. “It had nothing to do with the Nazis, because we got it 1918, much before the Nazis ever existed,” says retired Lt Col Kai Mecklin, director of the Finnish Air Force Museum. The swastika has “always been a symbol of independence and freedom” in Finland, he adds."