The Mosquito Aircraft Association of Australia Incorporated

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Mosquito Survivors

The number of flying examples of the Mosquito are gradually increasing and this section will provide links to the websites where the latest information about them can be located.

 

Click on the headings to go to the websites.

 

 

 

(1) Military Aviation Museum

 

KA114 FB26. First flight 27th September 2012.

 

This aircraft is owned by Jerry Yagen of Norfolk Virginia USA, the fuselage and wing being built by Glyn Powell and the restoration completed by Avspecs Limited at Ardmore New Zealand.

 

Excerpt from their website about their Mossie:

 

The de Havilland DH-98 Mosquito, constructed almost entirely of wood, is affectionately known as “The Wooden Wonder”. This particular airplane, number KA114, was manufactured in Canada in 1945 but never saw combat action in the Second World War. In tribute to the New Zealanders responsible for the restoration, 487 Squadron RNZAF color scheme was chosen and it was painted as EG-Y.

 

After being sold surplus to a farmer in Alberta, Canada in 1948, it deteriorated in a farm field until 1978 when it was acquired by a Canadian museum. The Military Aviation Museum purchased the crumbling remains in 2004 and shipped it to AVspecs in New Zealand for restoration. A major obstacle was recreating the forms needed for the new wooden fuselage, wings, and tail sections. Glyn Powell, of Auckland, had spent nearly a decade building the 36 foot long molds for the fuselage alone.

 

Developed as a high-speed fighter with a two-man crew, this twin-engine aircraft is powered by dual original Rolls Royce Merlin engines and equipped with four replica machine guns and 20mm cannons under the nose. The Mossie was prized for its manoeuvrability and speed capability of over 350 mph.

 

Eight years of painstaking restoration work resulted in the long-awaited first flight at Ardmore Airport in September OF 2002. Of approximately 30 projects and museum displays that remain, our Mossie is the only flying Mosquito in the world today.

 

 

(2) The Flying Heritage Collection

 

 

T111 TV959. First flight 23rd June 2017.

 

This aircraft was owned by the late Paul Allen of Paine Field, Everett, Washington, USA, the fuselage and wing being built by Glyn Powell and the restoration completed by Avspecs Limited at Ardmore New Zealand.

 

Excerpt from their website about their Mossie:

 

The FHCAM’s Mosquito was built in Leavesden, England, as a training aircraft in 1945.  The plane was among the last of the type to be retired from RAF service in 1963.  Turned over to the Imperial War Museum (IWM), the Mosquito appeared in the 1964 film 633 Squadron.

After filming, the plane was displayed in an IWM facility until 1988.  The plane was traded to the FHCAM in 2003 and sent to Avspecs Ltd. In New Zealand for restoration to flight status.  It returned to the skies in late 2016.  While the plane retains some aspects of a trainer, additions were made to give the Mosquito the appearance of a wartime FB.Mk.VI fighter-bomber.

 

 

(3) Lewis Air Legends

 

 

FB VI PZ474. First flight 23rd June 2017.

 

PZ474 – Rod Lewis FB VI at

 

This aircraft is owned by Rod Lewis of Lewis Air Legends, San Antonio, Texas, USA, the fuselage and wing being built by Glyn Powell and the restoration completed by Avspecs Limited at Ardmore New Zealand.