Charity that will return a Mosquito to British skies will exhibit a selection of drawings from astonishing secret archive
East Goscote, 27th July 2017… The first of an extensive cache of secret Mosquito plans, recovered from an abandoned de Havilland factory, will be revealed to visitors at East Kirkby Airshow, held at the historic East Kirkby Airfield on the 5th of August. 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.”
East Kirkby is home to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, a family run museum that was set up over twenty years ago, and hosts the historic airshow. The event itself includes magnificent aerial displays and is Lincolnshire’s biggest independent airshow.
The People’s Mosquito will be at the East Kirkby Airshow on the 5th of August. To follow its story, get involved or sign up to the e-newsletter, www.peoplesmosquito.org.uk and discover more of the cache’s hidden stories.
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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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