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Discovery of lost WW2 Mosquito plans will allow 'Wooden Wonder' to fly again

A Second World War De Havilland Mosquito restored at Ardmore Airfield in Auckland, New Zealand for owner Gerald Yagen, only one of three in existence. ( More...

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Remember those Yellow Jacket boats.Learned to water ski behind one in the 50s. Had a Whopping 35 horse Evinrude for power.
The FHCAM at PAE north of Seattle just introduced their Mossie this summer. Schweeet!
Sid Mann 1
Wood was used due to the shortage of aluminum and the 400 or so woodworking shops well dispersed around London to minimize production interruption due to bombing damage. As I recall, the airframe had only 3-400 pounds of metal. Nice video about a versatile classic.
Ray Toews 1
Read Terror in the Starboard Seat by McIntosh. Very funny and interesting.
James Church 2
Glad to see someone was paying attention to the "rubbish", saved the plans and therefore saved the plane.
John Rumble 2
I saw Kermit Weeks Mosquito in Miami in the 80's. He had a Museum at Tamaimi airport and would take the planes up for a spin on members day. Fond memories of those twin Merlins when he did the low pass. He would also let you crawl around inside the aircraft. Dear old dad was a navigator in the RCAF and flew in one for Coastal Command in England during the war
Mark Harris 3
Armament depended on variant. They could be armed with guns (.303 inch machine guns, 20mm cannon or both), bombs (various), 60lb unguided rockets (four under each wing) and torpedoes. Some were equipped with a 6-pounder (57mm) quick-firing gun for anti-shipping use. Night-fighters carried Airborne Interception radar sets. One aircraft was fitted with a 3.7 inch (96mm) anti-aircraft gun for use against tanks but was never used operationally.
Watched a De Havilland video of those exclusively carrying the 6-pounders. Dunno how "fast" they were, as SOMETHING was chasing them—and had them scared!
Iffat Rauf 1
bbabis 3
Maybe in time, we will once again see a mosquito formation that is not in our back yard.
Video narrator said the craft was so light, it didn't need guns because it was so fast. The photos however appear to show four machine guns in the nose.
Colin Seftel 1
Because of the Mosquito's speed it had no need for defensive weapons (or armor). The machine guns in the nose were offensive weapons, what we now call multi-role.
Watched a De Havilland video of those exclusively carrying the 6-pounders. Armor was described.
Th quote was that it was so light and fast "it wouldn't need guns". As per all warbirds of the era what the designers and propaganda say is different from what the aircraft can actually can do or has. They all say "the aircraft changed the war" too, just like all of the others that changed the war.
Yes one of the warbirds that makes the fur on you back stand up. Second NZ one underway will be awesome to see it.
Chris B 1
Always loved this aircraft. A combination of style, speed multi tasking ability and innvovative construction.
Roy Rogers bought a 1950's Canadian firm that was turning out 5-ply birch plywood hulls per Mosquito plans. Called "Yellow Jacket" boats.


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