Would you like to see a Mosquito fly again? A new project has started..

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Happy New Year everyone and thought this would be of interest to you..
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The People’s Mosquito has a simple aim – to see a De Havilland Mosquito lovely restored to flying condition. When complete to be handed of to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
This has to be one of the most exciting projects that we have seen for many many years. An icon of WWII and the project is being driven by a team of enthusiasts.



WOW! Would you like to see a Mosquito fly again? A new project has started!

Can also be followed on Twitter @PeoplesMosquito

Cheers, Jack.
 
#3
Funnily enough 633 Squadron was on last night, what a lovely looking plane.
 
#4
Why bother restoring one? they were made mostly of wood so reproducing one shouldnt be hard and a bit safer as well.
Surely it'd be much easier for a newly-built replica to get CAA certification. It'd be a damn sight cheaper too.
 
#5
Excellent news. Restoration or new build is not relevant. The Mosquito is THE aircraft of the war.

The Gewrmans had the less 'pretty' but still excellent Ju 88. However, it is the winners who write the history so let's see the Mosquito flying.

I do wonder whether the BBMF will welcome a new aircraft when they are financed by the MoD !
 
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rampant

LE
Kit Reviewer
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#10
Glynn Powell is doing this right now. A farmer in New Zealand, he along with a boatbuilder reverse engineered the concrete molds for the fuselage and is currently building 3 new fuselages, 1 for himself and two for clients.

Mosquito Aircraft Restoration, Auckland New Zealand
 
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Happy New Year everyone and thought this would be of interest to you..
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The People’s Mosquito has a simple aim – to see a De Havilland Mosquito lovely restored to flying condition. When complete to be handed of to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Cheers, Jack.
What was the Lovely variant?

This is the background to the aircraft in the film:

The aircraft

Walter Grauman, the director, collected flying period aircraft, creating the "Mirisch Air Force" or M.A.F. as it was dubbed.[1] Grauman's wartime experience as a B-25 Mitchell bomber pilot helped create an authentic aviation epic.[5]

The film features eight De Havilland Mosquitos, an aircraft nicknamed the "Wooden Wonder" because of its primary construction material. As the Royal Air Force had recently retired the type in 1963, civilian operators leased mostly former converted bomber examples (TT Mk 35) to the RAF for target-towing.[6] Scouring RAF airfields at Exeter, South Devon, Henlow, Shawbury and the Central Flying School at Little Rissington provided not only 10 authentic aircraft, but also vehicles and equipment from the war.[7]

Eight Mosquitos were primarily used, five airworthy and others that could be taxied on runways or used as set dressing. The airworthy TT 35 Mosquitos were converted to resemble a fighter-bomber variant (FB Mk VI). The TT 35 models had their clear nosecones and side windows painted over and dummy machine gun barrels fitted. One airworthy Mosquito was a T3 with a solid nose which only required the fitting of dummy gun barrels. It lacked the two-stage Merlin engines, V-shaped windscreen and bulged bomb bay of the TT 35s. At least one surplus Mosquito was destroyed in a simulated crash scene.[8]

The Mosquitos used in the film were:
RS709 - flown in the film
RS712 - flown
RS715 - cockpit section only
TA639 - flown (now on show at the RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire)
TA719 - flown
TJ118 - cockpit section only
TV959 - at RAF Bovington Airfield, but not flown
TW117 - flown

It would be great to see a Mossie - but can we be assured that the project will descend into whinging, infighting, schisms and multiple 'we just need another million' efforts characteristic of the Vulcan?
 

Wordsmith

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If you're driving past J22 on the M25, the Mosquito aircraft museum is only a 5 minute drive.

Mosquito Aircraft Museum - de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre

Go south as you leave the motorway and look for the B556. You'll see the museum signposted as the first exit from the south roundabout.

If anyone had a relative who served in Mosquito's this might be of interest from the website:

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[TD="colspan: 3, align: center"]We are finalising a list of all pilots and navigators[/TD]
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[TD="colspan: 3, align: center"]who lost their lives during the period 1941 to 1945 flying the DH.98 Mosquito[/TD]
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[TD="colspan: 3, align: center"]Their rank, names and decorations will be entered on acid free paper,[/TD]
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[TD="colspan: 3, align: center"]consisting of twenty five names per page, which will then be placed into a leather bound book.[/TD]
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[TD="colspan: 3, align: center"]If you wish to check that your relative is included, please[/TD]
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[TD="colspan: 3, align: center"]forward his rank, name and decorations to us via the e mail[/TD]
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[TD="colspan: 3, align: center"] w4050.dhamt@fsmail.net[/TD]
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[TD="colspan: 3, align: center"]Please title the e-mail ‘Roll of Honour’
and we will check and ensure they are mentioned on the list[/TD]
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Wordsmith
 
#14
Would pay good money to see the Mosquito fly again, still the best looking aircraft from WW2
 
#16
Surely it'd be much easier for a newly-built replica to get CAA certification. It'd be a damn sight cheaper too.
My thoughts as well. There's a gent in Enstone near Oxford who is producing replica Spitfires, his theme being to attract former pilots back into flying as a sport.

Good luck to the Mosquito project.
 
#17
Would love to see one flying but I have nagging doubts with WWII aircraft now, I think there is a day fast approaching when the BBMF Lancaster is retired from flying, 30 years ago they were having trouble finding replacement parts, it can't go on forever.

As far as the Mossie goes, then I think a replica would be a better and safer option although no one has come up with how to make a brand new Merlin engine.
 
#19
Surely a half-and-half is the sensible option here - make a new airframe and fill it with restored original bits.
 
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The Mossie is by far my favourite aircraft!

We had them up here as part of the Banff Coastal Command, attacking ships and subs in the Northern North Sea. It was 333 squadron who flew Mossies out of Boyndie airfield, half Mossie and half Beaufighter. They also flew up the Norwegian Fjords, and some have suggested 633 squadron was loosly based on 333 squadrons exploits, even down to the mixed nationality air crews and Norwegian advisors.

Some lovely photos here for those interested. Image Gallery RAF Banff Strike Wing, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - UK History.
 

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