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

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by Pathfinder Jack, Jan 2, 2012.

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  1. Happy New Year everyone and thought this would be of interest to you..
    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.
  2. Why bother restoring one? they were made mostly of wood so reproducing one shouldnt be hard and a bit safer as well.
  3. Funnily enough 633 Squadron was on last night, what a lovely looking plane.
  4. 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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  6. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    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
  7. 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?
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  8. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    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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  9. It's a beautiful formation, as I saw this in 1990 in Hamilton.

  10. Would pay good money to see the Mosquito fly again, still the best looking aircraft from WW2
  11. Bournemouth Airshow 83 ? 84 ?

    8 Merlins going mental at the end of the runway !!

    Music is a pale comparison.