The Plane That Saved Britain

#1
Documentary on Channel 4 at 8pm, about the DH.98 Mosquito.

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#2
Possibly my favourite aircraft from the Second World war along with the Swordfish, but how can the producer of this documentary put forward that the Mosquito was a forgotten Aircraft? Has he never see 633 squadron.

There's a chap in New Zealand who has recreated the jigs needed to build new Mosquitoes and he's well on the way to building his first airworthy example and there are several groups interested in purchasing more for there own collections.
 

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#4
Possibly my favourite aircraft from the Second World war along with the Swordfish, but how can the producer of this documentary put forward that the Mosquito was a forgotten Aircraft? Has he never see 633 squadron.

There's a chap in New Zealand who has recreated the jigs needed to build new Mosquitoes and he's well on the way to building his first airworthy example and there are several groups interested in purchasing more for there own collections.

Well on the way? Mate she's flying, has been since last year: The Mosquito Flys - KA114 first flights - YouTube

[video=youtube;YEyDlgJYIF8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEyDlgJYIF8[/video]

http://www.mossie.org/KA114.htm
 
#5
Tricky aircraft to fly and especially so if you had to get out in a hurry.
 
#6
Well on the way? Mate she's flying, has been since last year: The Mosquito Flys - KA114 first flights - YouTube

[video=youtube;YEyDlgJYIF8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEyDlgJYIF8[/video]

KA114
True enough, after posting I searched to find the name of the man who has spent over 18 years bringing an airworthy Mosquito back to the world, Glyn Powell. Now that his work on the FB 26 is complete he's starting work on restoring his T 43.
 

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#7
Tricky aircraft to fly and especially so if you had to get out in a hurry.
One of the team involved in KA114 talks about flying her in this video in Canada:

[video=youtube;fXkrBzzX2yY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXkrBzzX2yY[/video]

Type KA114 into youtube, loadsa videos of her. Pure aircraft porn.
 
#11
A relative of mine by marriage sadly flew one into the sea in 1944 trying to intercept an intruder. He was only 20.
 
#12
Just watched the programme .... the " Anti Submarine " version certainly carried a hefty gun ... I am sure one of the guys that flew this type said all the instruments set to zero and the aircraft seemed to momentarily stop when it was fired .

Edited to add from Wiki ...
The Mk XVIII was armed with a Molins "6-pounder Class M" cannon: this was a modified QF 6-pounder (57 mm) anti-tank gun fitted with an auto-loader to allow both semi- or fully automatic fire.[SUP][nb 11][/SUP] 25 rounds were carried, with the entire installation weighing 1,580 lb (720 kg).[SUP][102][/SUP] In addition, 900 lb (410 kg) of armour was added within the engine cowlings, around the nose and under the cockpit floor to protect the engines and crew from the heavily armed U-boats which were intended to be the primary target of the Mk XVIII.[SUP][[/SUP]
 
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In the nineties I used to live in Chester and there was a Mosquito flying out of Broughton most weekends. The sight and sound was terrific but I never found out who or what owned it and I believe it crashed. Anyone have any background please?
 
#15
Surely it was the Hurricane
Quite a few historians are now in agreement that the Spitfire was the most important aeroplane of the Battle of Britain. Even though the Hurricane shot down more enemy aircraft, that was only due to the fact that the Spitfires had drawn off most of the enemy fighters, leaving the Hurricanes to tackle the bombers, as was the plan.
Even the Hurricane veteran association apparently acknowledged the fact that without Spitfires, the BoB would have been touch and go if the whole force only had Hurricanes (according to the Duxford Flying Legends commentators last weekend).

The Spitfire also helped galvanise a nation, spitfire funds allowing the civilian population to help out. it was also arguably the most beautiful aeroplane of the war, possibly the prettiest aeroplane ever made maybe even the most wonderful machine created by man.

Such a shame that RJ Mitchell never lived to see what his creation achieved.
 
#16
In the nineties I used to live in Chester and there was a Mosquito flying out of Broughton most weekends. The sight and sound was terrific but I never found out who or what owned it and I believe it crashed. Anyone have any background please?
in July 1996, the then-only airworthy Mosquito, RR299, G-ASKH, was destroyed in an airshow accident at Barton, Manchester; both aircrew were killed. A temporary loss of power in the left engine caused the pilot (with over 10,000 hours of flying experience) to lose control at low level; RR299 hit the ground at high speed in nearby woodland and disintegrated
 
#17
I'd have thought that the Lancaster Bomber would have been 'the plane that saved Britain', by destroying the industrial might of the Third Reich, even though thats now desputed, they still kept a whole lot of troops tied up in homeland defence rather than being at either the western or eastern front.....
 
#18
The plane that saved Britain?
That's a bit of a hefty claim.
Not watched the programme yet, but it's definitely up with a solid claim on that title. At a time when aluminium was needed for established airframe designs (Spitfire, Wellington, etc) and aircraft factories were working like the clappers to build planes (in the high value Luftwaffe target of the midlands) someone (Geoffrey De Havilland IIRC) had the bright idea of using plywood for most of the frame, saving aluminium and bringing furniture makers and boat builders into the war effort.

On top of that it was a highly adaptable aircraft, and so good it was copied by the Germans with the Me210 (shame for them they used acidic glue made from bones, that ate into the wood, which frequently led to mid-air destruction).

If you wouldn't have the DH.98 as the "Plane That Saved Britain" what would you choose for the title?

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I'd have thought that the Lancaster Bomber would have been 'the plane that saved Britain', by destroying the industrial might of the Third Reich, even though thats now desputed, they still kept a whole lot of troops tied up in homeland defence rather than being at either the western or eastern front.....
It wouldn't have done much good helping the prisoners at Amiens prison for example.

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