Issued: 13th September 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This week, as some observers will have noted, saw the launch of a new charitable trust, under the guise of The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust. This new entity aims to restore an airworthy de Havilland Mosquito to the skies over Britain and states it will be made available on static and flying display for the British public.
Familiar words for The People’s Mosquito as the vision and funding model appear to be strikingly similar to our own aims, albeit with the intention of restoring a Mosquito MK.IV rather than an FB.VI
While we welcome the desire to return a de Havilland Mosquito to UK skies and commemorate those who designed, built and flew her, we are naturally concerned that parallel projects risk reducing the chance of that vision becoming a success.
In today’s challenging environment, in which available funds for complex heritage restoration projects are finite, the launch of a separate project has the potential to reduce the likelihood of seeing a DH.98 Mosquito flying in Europe, rather than improve it.
The People’s Mosquito, its board and trustees, remains committed to open dialogue and transparency throughout our project; it’s an obligation to our global community of thousands of supporters and hundreds of active club members that we take very seriously.
It is therefore disheartening that, despite increasing public awareness and a supporter base that grows each day, The People’s Mosquito received no communication from The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust – either informally or formally – prior to its recent launch.
We understand that aviation heritage and de Havilland Mosquito enthusiasts across the world desire to see a Mosquito flying again in the UK. It’s the reason behind our very existence and the reason why our committed volunteers have dedicated so much of their free time in recent years to help bring ‘the Mossie’ back into public consciousness.
In that light, our Chairman, John Lilley, has contacted trustees from The Mosquito Pathfinders Trust to agree a way forward. We feel collaboration will be vital to both projects if we are to co-exist, capitalise on any potential efficiencies and provide mutual support.
Further updates will follow in due course, as and when those proposed negotiations progress.
Notes to Editors
John Lilley, Chairman and Managing Director and Bill Ramsey, Director of Operations of The People’s Mosquito, are available for interview/comment.
Please contact Stewart Charman, Communication Director, The People’s Mosquito Ltd.
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