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Jul 23, 2017 00:42 |  #1

Paul Allen's "Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum" in Everett, WA, held their annual "Skyfair" event today, and the main attraction was the first official public flight of their newly restored de Havilland Mosquito. The Mosquito was a jack-of-all-trades for the RAF during WWII, serving from 1942 through the end of the war as a light bomber, night fighter, photo-reconnaissance and maritime attack plane... not bad for an aircraft made almost entirely of wood! Most of the restoration and testing was done in New Zealand, and the plane was shipped to the museum in Everett for re-assembly and painting. It's painted in the RAF "night intruder" scheme of gray and olive topside, and flat black undersurfaces. The Mosquito is now a permanent part of FHCAM's collection, and is scheduled to fly again at their "European Theater Day" on August 26th.

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Jul 23, 2017 02:03 |  #2

Very nice!
I didn't manage to see this one during it's very brief airborne phase at Ardmore so it's great to see what it looks like now - thanks!


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Jul 23, 2017 18:59 |  #3

Superb shots and what a plane - so wish we had one flying over this side of the wet stuff.

If my late farther recalled it correct as he worked on them during the war, the Mosquito was also the fastest prop plane around at the time.


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Jul 23, 2017 23:03 |  #4

joeseph wrote in post #18408982 (external link)
Very nice!
I didn't manage to see this one during it's very brief airborne phase at Ardmore so it's great to see what it looks like now - thanks!

Thanks, Joeseph!

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Superb shots and what a plane - so wish we had one flying over this side of the wet stuff.
If my late farther recalled it correct as he worked on them during the war, the Mosquito was also the fastest prop plane around at the time.
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Thanks, Pagman. It was one of the fastest prop planes around when it was introduced, but a number of other fighters surpassed it by 1943-44. Still, it was no slouch!


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Jul 24, 2017 11:11 |  #5

Nice shots indeed, me likey!!:-D


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Jul 24, 2017 16:51 |  #6

Pagman wrote in post #18409498 (external link)
Superb shots and what a plane - so wish we had one flying over this side of the wet stuff.

Agreed, great shots of an awesome plane. I love the mossie and still remember seeing one at airshows over here in the past, although not for many years as it was the only airworthy example in the UK and sadly crashed in '96.

There are two projects currently ongoing to restore a mossie to flight in the UK. "The people's mosquito" is a public funded project like Vulcan to the skies, relying on public donations, the other project is a commission from the same people who put up the money for the one pictured above. That one is to be based at Biggin Hill, however things have gone quiet on that one lately so that project may have stalled.

Hopefully though, we should have a mossie back in UK skies in the future. I look forward to seeing it fly.




  
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Jul 24, 2017 16:53 |  #7

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Agreed, great shots of an awesome plane. I love the mossie and still remember seeing one at airshows over here in the past, although not for many years as it was the only airworthy example in the UK and sadly crashed in '96.

There are two projects currently ongoing to restore a mossie to flight in the UK. "The people's mosquito" is a public funded project like Vulcan to the skies, relying on public donations, the other project is a commission from the same people who put up the money for the one pictured above. That one is to be based at Biggin Hill, however things have gone quiet on that one lately so that project may have stalled.

Hopefully though, we should have a mossie back in UK skies in the future. I look forward to seeing it fly.


We can hope ;-)a:-)

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Jul 24, 2017 17:47 as a reply to  @ sandpiper's post |  #8

Fingers crossed! I live near Hawarden where the one that crashed in '96 was kept. Such a magnificent looking and sounding plane it would be fantastic to see one again.


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Jul 24, 2017 18:07 |  #9

A bit nicer than my attempts at that bird last year; thanks for sharing, Rocky! :)


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Jul 25, 2017 00:15 |  #10

sandpiper wrote in post #18410205 (external link)
There are two projects currently ongoing to restore a mossie to flight in the UK. "The people's mosquito" is a public funded project like Vulcan to the skies, relying on public donations, the other project is a commission from the same people who put up the money for the one pictured above. That one is to be based at Biggin Hill, however things have gone quiet on that one lately so that project may have stalled.

The one in my photos belongs to Paul Allen's (yes, "that" Paul Allen) Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum. Paul owns quite a number of rare warbirds, including the only existing example of a Focke-Wulf 190D-13, the only FW 190A-series flying with the original BMW 801 radial engine, and airworthy examples of the Sturmovik IL2, Curtiss P-40C, Hurricane XII(a), a Polikarpov I-16, Bf-109E-3, and numerous other operational aircraft and armored vehicles. His museum also houses a MiG-29UB which is fully operational but rarely flown, and a Republic F-405G Thunderchief that flew "Wild Weasel" missions over SE Asia from 1968-1973.


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Jul 25, 2017 01:00 |  #11

sandpiper wrote in post #18410205 (external link)
"The people's mosquito"

the words from their website "RL249 will then be test flown in New Zealand" are music to my ears/eyes... :lol:


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Aug 15, 2017 17:49 |  #12

Just seen an article at the link below that complete Mosquito blueprints believed lost have been found

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