The Mosquito Aircraft Association of Australia Incorporated

ABN - 68 831  327  047

PR XVI (RAAF service Merlin 76/77)

Type: Unarmed pressurised high altitude reconnaissance.

 

Dimensions

Wingspan                54 ft 2 ins

Length                    40 ft 4.5ins (tail down)

                                        41 ft (tail up)

Height                    12ft 3.5 ins (tail down)

Wheel track            16 ft 4 ins

Wing Area              454 sq ft 42.18 sq m.

 

Engines

Two Rolls Royce Merlin 76/77.

Two stage two speed supercharged intercooled V12 engines.

Coolant                   Ethylene Glycol/Water

Capacity                  1649 cu ins 27 litres.

Take off power       1250 hp at 3000 rpm and +12 lbs boost.

                              1,655 hp at 10,000 ft 18 lbs

                              1,475 hp at 21,000 ft 18 lbs

Gear change            17,000ft

Max cruise              2650 rpm +7 lbs

Max climb               2850 rpm +12 lbs

Engine weight          1645/1665 lbs


Propellers

De Havilland (Hamilton Standard) three blade constant speed fully feathering. 12 ft diameter

 

Fuel Capacity

100/130 Octane

Fuselage                 2 x 68 gal

Inner wing              2 x 65.5 gal

                              2 x 78 gal

Outer wing              2 x 24 gal

                              2 x 34 gal

Long Range              121.5 gal

Drop Tanks             2 x 40 gal Metal or

                              2 x 50 gal Wooden or

                              2 x 100 gal Papier Mache

 

Maximum Fuel         860.5 Imp gal

 

Performance

Max                        415 mph @ 28,000 ft

Max Cruise              358 mph @25,000 ft

Econ Cruise             250 mph

Climb                      7.5 min to15,000 ft.

                              16 min to 25,000 ft.

Ceiling                    38,500 ft 11,734 m

Range                     Max 2,450 miles 3,941 km


Weights

Empty                     14,635 lb 6,638 kg

Max                        23,350 lb 10,141 kg.

 

Armament

None

 

Crew

Pilot and Observer (Navigator)

 

Equipment

1 x F24 Camera (Oblique) 8 in or 14 in

2 x F24 Cameras (Vertical) 14 in

2 x F52 Cameras (Vertical) 36 in or

2 x F8 Cameras (Vertical) 20 in.

 

Cameras

F8 Survey camera

Lenses                    20 in f5.6 and f6.3

                                         36 in f6.3

Shutter                  Focal plane

Magazine                250 exposures

Format                   8.25 in x 7 in

 

F24 Universal camera

Lenses                    8 in f2.9

                              14 in f5.6 & f4.5

Shutter                  Focal plane

Magazine                125 or 250 exposure

Format                   5 in x 5 in

 

F52 Camera

Lenses                    36 in f6.3

Shutter                  Focal plane

Magazine                250 or 500 exposure

Format                   8.25 in x 7 in

 

Pressure cabin

The aircraft was fitted with a pressure cabin which could maintain a cabin altitude of 24,500 ft at 35,000 ft.

 

Construction

Spars                               Canadian Spruce

Plywood                            Beech and Birch

Panel core material           Balsa

 

Limited amounts of walnut were also used in sections such as the wing attachment points.

 

Number built

A total of 439 PR XVI’s were built of which only A52-600 survives today.

Mosquito Specifications