The de Havilland Mosquito is a British light bomber and later night-fighter used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. Only a few aircraft survive of the 7,000 built; the mainly wooden construction has not helped as the aircraft do not survive well outside, making restoration difficult. One of the last Mosquitos known to be airworthy (serial number RR299), a Trainer Mk III built by de Havilland at Leavesden in spring 1945, crashed on 21 July 1996 with the loss of both crew after suffering engine power loss when performing a wing-over manoeuvre at Barton Aerodrome air show, near Barton, Greater Manchester. Another aircraft has just finished the restoration process and had its first flight at Ardmore, New Zealand, on 27 September 2012.
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.
Mosquito B.35 VR796/CF-HML is currently under restoration to airworthy by Victoria Air Maintenance Ltd at Victoria International Airport, British Columbia.
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 is scheduled to begin in August 2012.
Mosquito T.43 A52-1053 1946 RAAF converted from FB40 Bankstown de Havilland factory. NZ2305RNZAF 75 Squardron 1947 is on display at the Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland. This aircraft was subject to an exhaustive restoration by MOTAT volunteers with work on the wing being carried out by RNZAF Museum staff.
Stored or under restoration
Mosquito FB.VI TE863/NZ2355 is held by the RNZAF Museum, Wigram as a restoration project.
Mosquito FB.VI RF597/NZ2383 is held by the RNZAF Museum, Wigram as a restoration project.
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 by Glyn.
Mosquito FB.VI TE910/NZ2336, held in a private collection in the Tasman region.
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.
Mosquito FB.26 N114KA is based at Virginia Beach painted in Royal Air Force markings as KA114. Manufactured in Canada in 1945 KA114 never saw combat in Second World War and in 1948 was sold to a farmer in Alberta, Canada, 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. It is the only airworthy de Havilland Mosquito.
Mosquito TT.35 RS712 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. 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.