Charity that will return a Mosquito to British skies will exhibit a selection of drawings from astonishing secret archive
East Goscote, 18th September 2017… An extensive cache of secret Mosquito plans, recovered from an abandoned de Havilland factory, will be revealed to visitors at the Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow, held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on the 23rd & 24th of September. The People’s Mosquito, a UK charity that 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 recovered, alongside components from the aircraft being restored.
“It’s exciting for us to tell the story of these remarkable aircraft and to reveal some of their secrets,” says The People’s Mosquito chairman, John Lilley. “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 across the UK. That’s what we aim to achieve, with the support of others who believe in celebrating this wonderful all-British achievement.”
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. Deemed to be more advanced than a spitfire, the light-weight aircraft proved so successful that it was used across a wide range of roles from pathfinder to night-fighter.
“No other aircraft has amassed such a rich combat record in so short a time, flying many different types of mission and excelling in each one,” proclaims Lilley. “Even today, it remains one of the world’s most successful multirole combat aircraft, and it was entirely British, made by men and women who only a few months earlier had been building furniture and mending pianos.”
Even Germany’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.”
Imperial War Museum Duxford is a historic airfield and aviation history museum. The event itself will pay homage to the aircraft involved in the Battle of Britain and include magnificent aerial displays and a mass Spitfire flypast.
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The People’s Mosquito is a registered charity (No. 1165903) with the sole aim of restoring and returning a UK-based DH.98 Mosquito to British skies. Once RL249 is flying it will maintain and operate the restored aircraft, funded by public donation, sponsorship and income from sale of branded merchandise and other sources, listed elsewhere on our website, with the intention of providing many hours of flying displays every year for the people of the United Kingdom.
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