Charity that will return a Mosquito to British airshows to exhibit selection from astonishing secret archive
East Goscote 23rd June 2017… The first of an extensive cache of secret plans, recovered from an abandoned de Havilland factory, will be revealed to visitors at this weekend’s Flywheel Festival, held at Bicester’s historic WWII airfield. The People’s Mosquito, a UK charity which is raising money to return one of Great Britain’s most famous and innovative aircraft to British airshows, will be exhibiting the first of the plans to be recovered, alongside components from the aircraft they are restoring.
“The Bicester airfield has hardly changed since Mosquitos flew from the runway during the war. It’s exciting for us to be here to tell the story of these remarkable aircraft – more advanced than a Spitfire – and to reveal some of their secrets,” says The People’s Mosquito chairman, John Lilley. “We hope it won’t be too long before we are here with a flying Mosquito to bring the amazing sound of twin Merlins back to this remarkable old RAF station.”
Flywheel Festival is hosted at Bicester Heritage, the oldest preserved Second World War bomber station. The event includes magnificent aerial displays and thrilling demonstrations by historic road and race cars as well as military vehicles and re-enactments.
Nicknamed The Wooden Wonder because of its construction from plywood, the super-strong composite material of its day, the de Havilland Mosquito was originally conceived as a bomber that would be so fast it would need no armament. The light-weight aircraft powered by two Merlin piston engines proved so successful that the type was used across a wide range of roles from pathfinder to night fighter.
“No other aircraft has amassed such a remarkable combat record in so short a time, flying so many different types of mission and excelling in each one,” says John Lilley. “Even today, it remains one of the world’s most successful multirole combat aircraft, and it was all British, made by men and women who only a few months earlier had been building furniture and mending pianos.”
Even German’s wartime minister for aviation, Herman Goering, was a fan of the British aircraft, saying “ It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy.”
Although 7,781 were built, the last in 1950, there are none flying in Europe. “It’s time the sound of twin Merlins returned to airshows around the UK,” says Lilley. “That’s what we aim to achieve, with the support of others who believe in celebrating this remarkable all-British achievement.”
The People’s Mosquito will be located in the Vintage Trade Fair & Exhibitors section on both Saturday and Sunday. To follow the story of The People’s Mosquito, become a member or get involved to help make it happen, visit www.peoplesmosquito.org.uk
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