Ora Lassila has flown gliders, built flying and scale models, and taken photographs of aircraft since his adolescence. He was born in Finland, but after service in the Finnish Army, college, a startup company he founded, and graduate school, he immigrated to the United States.
He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Ora started his publishing business So Many Aircraft because of his lifelong love for aircraft. Figuring that other enthusiasts and scale modelers would like to see similar reference material that he always craves for, So Many Aircraft was started to fill that niche.