List of surviving de Havilland Mosquitos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
List of surviving de Havilland Mosquitos
De Havilland Mosquito 11.JPG
Mosquito FB.26 KA114/ZK-MOS

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a British multi-role combat aircraft with a two-man crew that served with the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries during the Second World War and with many other air forces around the world in the postwar era. Only a few aircraft survive of almost 8,000 built. Two aircraft were airworthy as of June 2014.

Australia[edit]

1 A52-319 is on display at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
On display
Under restoration
  • Mosquito PR.XVI A52-600 was delivered to the RAF as NS631 before transfer to the RAAF. It flew more than 20 sorties with No. 87 Squadron RAAF. It was later sold to an orchardist who experimented with using its engines to dry vines. In 1966, the hulk was rescued by the Mildura Warbirds Museum, and in 1987 it was sold to the RAAF Museum. The Mosquito is being restored for display.
  • A composite static restoration/reconstruction incorporating parts recovered from the Narromine parts dump is underway with the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society at Albion Park, Illawarra.

Belgium[edit]

On display

Canada[edit]

Airworthy
  • Mosquito B.35 VR796/CF-HML was restored to airworthy by Victoria Air Maintenance Ltd[5] at Victoria International Airport, British Columbia and made its first post-restoration flight on 16 June 2014[6] flown by Steve Hinton.[7][8] At the conclusion of the test-flying programme the aircraft was delivered to owner Bob Jens at Vancouver.
VP189 on display at the Alberta Aviation Museum
On display
Under restoration
  • Mosquito B.35 TA661/CF-HMR crashed and burned on an aerial survey flight on 10 July 1956. The remains were recovered 40 years later and a rebuild is in progress by the Windsor Mosquito Bomber Group, Windsor, Ontario. The fuselage was the first to be built by Glyn Powell and Avspecs of Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand in 2002. Although originally intended as a static display, all construction is to airworthy standards. The aircraft will be painted in the livery of Mosquito KB161, the first Canadian-built Mossie to be delivered to the RAF. The project can be viewed at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association hangar, #7 E.F.T.S., near the Windsor airport.
  • Mosquito B.35 RS700/CF-HMS was originally purchased by Lynn Garrison from Spartan Air Services, in 1964, for display in Calgary. It is now owned by the City of Calgary and is currently stored in a city-owned warehouse. The Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society, a volunteer-based organization, was formed to restore it to static display, with engines in running condition, in partnership with the Bomber Command Museum of Canada (Nanton, AB). In December 2011, the City awarded stewardship of the aircraft to the Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society. Work began in August 2012.

China[edit]

A replica/mockup de Havilland Canada DH.98 Mosquito FB.26 using a real wing on display at China Aviation Museum, Datangshan, XiaoTangShan, Chang Ping County.[11]

New Zealand[edit]

On display
  • Mosquito T.43 A52-1053/NZ2305 (converted from FB40 Bankstown de Havilland factory). On display at the Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland.[12] This aircraft was subject to an exhaustive restoration by MOTAT volunteers with work on the wing being carried out by RNZAF Museum staff.
  • A composite restoration comprising the fuselage of TE758/NZ2328 and wings of HR339/NZ2382 is underway for static display by volunteers of the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society at the Ferrymead Historial Park, Christchurch and when complete will be displayed in the colours of HR339.[13] The project workshop has large windows to allow museum visitors to watch the restoration.
Stored or under restoration
  • Mosquito T Mk.III TV959, formerly in the collection of the Imperial War Museum and now owned by Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection, is stored awaiting rebuild to fly with AvSpecs at Ardmore airport, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Mosquito T Mk.43 NZ2308, dual control Mosquito, the Australian equivalent of the British T Mk.3. It began life on the Bankstown assembly line as a FB Mk.40, A52-20, and was converted to T43 status as A52-1054. It was one of four purchased by the RNZAF in June 1947 and flown across the Tasman Sea in four hours. It was disposed of in 1955 and ended its days on a farm at Riwaka in the north of the South Island. Bought by Glyn Powell it is being restored to airworthy using a new build fuselage and wings. As of June 2014 the aircraft was for sale.[14]
  • Mosquito FB.VI TE910/NZ2336 is held in a private collection in the Tasman region.
  • Mosquito FB.VI TE863/NZ2355 is held by the RNZAF Museum, Wigram as a restoration project.[15][16]
  • Mosquito FB.VI RF597/NZ2383 is held by the RNZAF Museum, Wigram as a restoration project.
  • Mosquito FB.VI PZ474/NZ2384 was exported to New Zealand from the United States in early 2014,[17] possibly for restoration to airworthy by AvSpecs for an unknown overseas owner.[18]

Norway[edit]

On display
  • Mosquito T.3 TW117 is on display at the National Museum of Aviation, Bodo/[19][20]

South Africa[edit]

On display

United Kingdom[edit]

TA719 in 2005 at Duxford
On display
  • Mosquito NF.II HJ711 is a composite airframe and is on display during restoration at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington[23]
  • Mosquito FB.6 TA122 is on display at the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at London Colney in 605 Squadron markings. It is being rebuilt with wings from another Mosquito.[22]
  • Mosquito TT.35 TA634 is on display at the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at London Colney in 571 Squadron markings.[22]

Under restoration[edit]

  • The identity of Mosquito NF.36 RL249 is to be used as the basis of a restoration to flight status in the United Kingdom[26] although after an internet poll the model to be represented was changed to an FB.VI.[27] As of April 2014 work on the wings was underway in New Zealand.[28]

United States[edit]

KA114 taxiing after landing at the Military Aviation Museum
Airworthy
  • Mosquito FB.26 KA114/N114KA is owned by Jerry Yagen and based at the Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, VA. Manufactured in Canada in 1945 KA114 never saw combat in Second World War and in 1948 was sold to a farmer in Alberta, where it deteriorated in a field until purchased by the Canadian Museum of Flight and Transport in 1978. It was bought by the Military Aviation Museum in 2004. Restoration work was done over an eight year period by AVspec in New Zealand. Most of the metal parts were reused, and Glyn Powell, of Auckland, New Zealand built the new fuselage, wings, and tail sections from wood. It took almost three years to build the wooden airframe. The Mosquito is painted with the markings of 487 Squadron RNZAF as EG-Y in honor of the Royal New Zealand unit flying Mosquitos during WWII. Registered in New Zealand as ZK-MOS the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued the aircraft a Certificate of Airworthiness in September 2012. It took its first flight in over 60 years on 29 September at Ardmore Airport near Auckland, New Zealand. It arrived in Virginia Beach in March 2013 and was registered in the United States as N114KA, it received its FAA Certificate of Airworthiness on 30 April 2013.
Kermit Weeks and his Mosquito
On display
  • Mosquito TT.35 RS712/N35MK is on display at the EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but is owned by Kermit Weeks. It was civil registered G-ASKB in 1963 for use in the film 633 Squadron. Flown from Strathallan collection, Scotland 1984 to the US. Aircraft last flew in 1989.[30][31] Weeks has suggested on his blog he would like to return the aircraft to the air when new hangars have been constructed at his Fantasy of Flight site.[32]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Mosquito Mk. 40/A52-319." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009. Note: Last information as of 2002.
  2. ^ "Mosquito/HR621." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009. Note: Last information as of 2002.
  3. ^ http://www.camdenmuseumofaviation.com.au/aircraft-details.php?id=30
  4. ^ "Mosquito/RK952." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.vicair.net/mosquito.html
  6. ^ http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?129734-Mosquito-B35-VR796-first-engine-runs/page2
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/VicAirMtnc/posts/724552937583662
  8. ^ http://www.vicair.net/mosquito-2.html
  9. ^ "Mosquito/KB336." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  10. ^ "Mosquito/VP189." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  11. ^ http://www.ruudleeuw.com/pdf/datangshan-dec03.pdf
  12. ^ "Mosquito Mk. 40/A52-1053." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  13. ^ http://rnzaf.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Airshows&action=display&thread=16547
  14. ^ http://www.platinumfighters.com/#!mosquito/c1gbn
  15. ^ "Mosquito/TE863." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  16. ^ "NZ2355." mossie.org. Retrieved: 14 September 2009. Note: The aircraft is not complete and is in poor condition.
  17. ^ http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=9909F
  18. ^ http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?129828-Another-Mosquito-project-to-Glyn-Powell
  19. ^ "Mosquito/TW117." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  20. ^ "Museum Exhibitions:DH-98." luftfart.museum. Retrieved: 14 September 2009.
  21. ^ "Mosquito/LR480."www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  22. ^ a b c Ellis 2008, p. 78.
  23. ^ Ellis 2008, p. 267.
  24. ^ Ellis 2008, p. 174.
  25. ^ Ellis 2008, p. 23.
  26. ^ The People's Mosquito
  27. ^ http://peoplesmosquito.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/project-update-16th-march-2014/
  28. ^ http://peoplesmosquito.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/the-peoples-mosquito-is-cutting-wood/
  29. ^ "Mosquito/RS709." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  30. ^ "Mosquito/RS712." www.warbirdregistry.org, 2005. Retrieved: 13 September 2009.
  31. ^ "Mosquito." airventuremuseum.org. Retrieved: 24 December 2011.
  32. ^ "Oshkosh 2010"Kermit's Blog 2010. Retrieved: 14 October 2010.
Bibliography
  • Ellis, Ken. Wrecks and Relics. Manchester, UK: Crécy Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-85979-134-2. 
  • Howe, Stuart. Mosquito Survivors. Bourne Ends, Buckinghamshire, UK: Aston Publications, 1986. ISBN 978-0-946627-11-0. 

External links[edit]