Affiliates

The People’s Mosquito Affiliate programme has been set up to build mutually beneficial relationships with interested and related parties across the world. It will act as a means of exchange of information between like-minded organisations. Affiliates will all have one thing in common – to promote aviation and aviation history and a general increase in awareness of the aircraft preservation and restoration movement. The People’s Mosquito project will benefit from the Affiliates spreading the word and passing on news and project updates around the globe, while at the same time, we will be sharing their news, projects and other items of interest with our supporters. We have classified the Affiliates into four categories: Individuals; Museums, Societies & Companies; Squadrons and Blogs & Websites.

Individuals

Arthur W J G Ord-Hume

Best described as the doyen of British light aviation, Arthur’s accomplishments are almost too numerous to mention; Founder Member of the body which is now named the Light Aircraft Association; Designer, Britten-Norman Ltd; MD & Chief Designer, Phoenix Aircraft Ltd, and much more. He is responsible for the designs for the Luton LA4A Minor, Luton LA5A Major, Ord-Hume GY-201 Minicab and the Minor 2000. A prolific author, he is regarded as the authority on light aviation between the wars.

David W. Lee

Following a career with Rolls-Royce, David Lee joined the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, and became the Deputy Director. During his tenure, there were many exciting developments on site, including the impressive AirSpace. Acknowledged as an expert in his field, David is a Past Chairman of the Transport Trust, and served on the National Executive of the British Aircraft Preservation Council. He continues to undertake work for IWM Duxford, despite his formal retirement. His most recent published work is ‘Action Stations Revisited: Airfields of the South East’.

David Coeshall

David describes himself as ‘a Mosquito enthusiast’, but he is much more than that. He is an avid collector of data on the de Havilland Mosquito, and is more than happy to share the fruits of his researches. Along with others, he is helping to organise a function this year for the surviving members of the Mosquito Aircrew Association.

Andy Dawson

Andy is another Mosquito enthusiast, and started ‘The Mosquito Page’ (www.mossie.org) in 1996. The Mosquito Page contains, amongst other things, a list of all of the surviving Mosquitoes, a production list, a list of Mosquito books and magazine/journal articles as well as a forum dedicated to the Mosquito. Andy is more than happy to share his research, and photos, most of them appearing on The Mosquito Page.

Robert Peel

Living in a picturesque Danish village, Robert Peel (www.robertpeel.eu) is both passionate and knowledgeable about the de Havilland Mosquito. His father, the late Wing Commander Richard ‘Bob’ Peel, MiD, RAF, was a navigator with 487 Squadron, and took part in many daring raids, including operations associated with ‘Overlord’. Robert is a direct descendant of the British Prime Minister of the same name. His family website contains many ‘Mosquito pages’ and valuable links for the aviation enthusiast.

Simon W. Atack

Simon William Atack began a lifelong creative obsession for drawing, as soon as he was able to pick up his first instrument; a biro pen! As soon as he was able to comprehend an aircraft in flight he discovered a passion for drawing and painting them, eventually learning for himself how to fly them. He is one of very few artists who can paint from the direct experience of flying an aircraft solo and with a pilot’s working knowledge.

Today, Simon W Atack paintings and pencil drawings are collected throughout the world, by galleries, museums, armed forces and private individuals. His work has embraced Film and TV drama, illustration for books and editorial features and his name is recognised as one of the world’s foremost military aviation and naval artists.

George E. Stewart DFC

George E. Stewart, a Canadian, flew 50 Ops on the Mosquito with No. 23 Squadron between July-November 1944 – all by the time he was 21. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for this work, which was mostly day/night intruder operations.

After the war George spent time in China training Chinese Nationalist Air Force pilots on the aircraft in an effort to reduce their frightening loss of pilots to accidents. Both his unsurpassable knowledge of flying the Mosquito and his unquenchable enthusiasm for it will be of the utmost value to The People’s Mosquito as we move forward. Already over the three years he has given invaluable advice to both the Kiwi and US pilots who have flown the recently restored FB.26 KA114, which they have all used to good effect.

Museums, Societies and Companies

Air ZooThe Air Zoo is a highly charged, multi-sensory atmosphere that goes beyond anything you’ve ever seen. It’s like no place else on Earth! Based between Kalamazoo and Portage, Michigan, it has been voted the “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners” and “Best Place to Spend a Day with Your Family” three years in a row. The Air Zoo features more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, RealD 3D/4-D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities. Our Mission is to preserve the legacy of flight for present and future generations. Our Vision is to be the number one aviation museum in the world. Our Pledge is to provide the best experience possible to everyone, every time.


Alberta Aviation MuseumAdventure, Excitement, Romance… At the Alberta Aviation Museum discover how Northern Alberta’s rich aviation history made Edmonton “The Gateway to the North”. See the incredible progress of technology in the past century of flight. Take a guided tour with a group, or plan a self guided, interactive journey through the culture of flight, from the days of wood and fabric to the Jet Age of today. We offer specially tailored interactive tours and work experience programs for school and youth groups. Among the collection at Alberta Aviation Museum is a Mosquito B.35 (restored as FB.VI VP189).


Australian Aviation MuseumThe Australian Aviation Museum has a wide range of aircraft and aviation artifacts on display, many aircraft in fact manufactured at Bankstown Airport. Hawker de Havilland built hundreds of aircraft during and after WWII, including Tiger Moths, Mosquito Bombers, Drovers and Vampires.Included in our collection are a number of rare aircraft, including the world’s only Fawcett 120 (also manufactured at Bankstown), a 1931 Clancy Skybaby, a Luton Major and a Harley Newman Gyrocopter which has never flown!


Aviation Hall of Fame of New JerseyFounded in 1972, the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey is dedicated to the preservation of the Garden State’s distinguished, two-century aviation and space heritage. The men and women, whose outstanding aeronautical achievements have brought worldwide recognition to the state, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.The museum offers visitors an opportunity to view historic aircraft, air and space artifacts, photographs, fine art and an extensive model collection. The Library has more than 2500 volumes and hundreds of aviation videotapes.


AvHerLincsAviation Heritage Lincolnshire is a co-operative venture by Lincolnshire County Council, North Kesteven District Council, West Lindsey District Council and East Lindsey District Council. Together with other bodies they promote no less than eleven venues and attractions with an aviation theme, that lie within the bounds of Lincolnshire, the ‘Bomber County’. These include such gems as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre, Scampton Historical Museum and the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.


AvspecsAt Avspecs Ltd Warren Denholm and his team work wonders, restoring classic aircraft as diverse as a de Havilland DH 89A Dragon Rapide and a North American F86-F Sabre. The quality of their work is obvious when you look at their magnificent track record with P-40s. No less than four completed, for such owners as Ray Hanna and Jerry Yagen. However, it is their latest Jerry Yagen project that is the most exciting. In Autumn 2012 Avspecs completed Jerry’s Mosquito FB.26. Obviously, they have established themselves as one of the premier ‘warbird’ restoration teams in the world.


BawdseyRTIt is true to say that without the Chain Home and Chain Home Low integrated radar system which protected Great Britain in 1940, there is a good chance that the Battle of Britain would have been lost. Much of the early work on radar was done at Bawdsey Manor, and the nearby Bawdsey Transmitter Block is being restored by the Bawdsey Radar Trust. An Oral History project can be accessed by visitors, and it is hoped, eventually to recreate one of the massive transmitter towers which were such a distinctive feature of Chain Home stations.


BCWMBentwaters Cold War Museum is a unique facility in that it doesn’t just display the history of RAF Bentwaters as a USAF Base from WW2 to 1993 when the base closed, but utilizes the former USAF hardened command post, a major piece of Cold War history, to do this. Mosquito RL249 was also, of course, a part of the defence of Great Britain during this tense and dangerous period. As well as excellent displays on RAF Bentwaters and its ‘twin’, RAF Woodbridge, BCMW has a collection of significant jets of the Cold War, including an English Electric Lightning, Hawker Hunter, Gloster Meteor and a SEPECAT Jaguar.


bournemouthAMBournemouth Aviation Museum caters for visitors of all ages, but is especially aimed at providing young people with an introduction ‘to the exciting world of aviation’. The collection covers the last 50 years of aviation, and is especially strong in the field of military jet aircraft. Watch out for a series of special events, such as photo shoots and transport days, which are staged each year.


Brenzett Aeronautical Museum TrustBrenzett Aeronautical Museum Trust houses a unique collection of wartime equipment, remains recovered from aircraft crash sites and memorabilia collected and donated to the Museum since its formation in 1972. Since those early days voluntary members have attempted to improve the range of exhibits to embrace many aspects of the war. Brenzett is an Independent Charitable Trust dedicated to the memory of those living or dead, friend or foe, who served their country during wartime.


Brussels Air Museum SocietySituated close to the centre of Brussels, the Brussels Air Museum is a magnificent reflection on aviation history. Among their superb collection of other fine examples, the museum is home to a restored Mosquito NF.30 – a very close relative of the NF.36.


Calgary Mosquito SocietyThe Calgary Mosquito Society was formed in 2007 to prevent the overseas sale of the City-owned Mosquito, RS700 and to see that it and Hurricane 5389 were removed from storage and finally restored.  After a four year campaign the Society was awarded stewardship over both aircraft to begin the restoration.  The organization’s purpose is to RETAIN, RESTORE, HONOUR and EDUCATE.


Calgary RFUCThe Calgary Recreational & Ultralight Flying Club has a long history as one of Canada’s premier flying clubs. Members fly all manner of ultralight, homebuilt and certified aircraft around Calgary and southern Alberta. The club meets once a month and members fly every chance they get. Visit our website at www.crufc.ca


csh-logoThe Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, home to the magnificent flying Avro Lancaster Mk X, C-GVRA, is a great aviation museum located on Hamilton International Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario. The museum sometimes offers flights in a selection of its restored aircraft. The collection ranges from biplanes to supersonic jets, and there are often special historical exhibits. This is one of the finest aviation museums in Canada.


collings-foundation-logoThe Collings Foundation is a non-profit, Educational Foundation (501c-3), founded in 1979. The purpose of the Foundation is to preserve and exhibit rare historical artifacts and organize and support “living history” events, that enable people to learn more about their heritage through direct participation. The original focus of the Foundation was transportation-related events such as antique car rallies, hill climbs, carriage and sleigh rides, and a winter ice-cutting festivals. During the mid-eighties, these activities were broadened to include aviation-related events such as air shows, barnstorming, historical reunions, and joint museum displays on a local and nationwide level.


DHAeTSA

The de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School was formed at Stag Lane, Edgware in 1928. The headquarters moved to Hatfield in 1934, although training continued at Stag Lane. From 1948 the School was located at Astwick Manor, on the north-eastern border of the airfield. Schools were also run at Chester, Portsmouth, Christchurch, Leavesden and Lostock. After de Havilland was absorbed into Hawker Siddeley Aviation the School was renamed the Hawker Siddeley Aviation (Hatfield) Apprentice Training School. There is a thriving Association of former DHAeTS students from all the Schools, with nearly 600 members world-wide. Anyone (trade, engineering or graduate apprentice) who entered the School up to and including the 1965 intake is eligible and invited cordially to join. The main purpose of the Association is to keep members in touch with each other, and to provide news of interest to members.


Dynamic Aviation Horizontal -TransparentDynamic Aviation provides turboprop and jet aircraft solutions for both government and commercial customers worldwide. With over 140 aircraft operating from 18 locations on three continents, they deliver specially modified aircraft and experienced flight crews to ensure that the mission gets done. As well as this, they maintain a superb collection of vintage aircraft including a DC-3 named ‘Miss Virginia’, Travel Air 4000, Stearman PT-17, N.A.T-6G and a Beech E-18. Not only that, but they recently acquired, and ferried back to their base, a magnificent VC-121A Lockheed Constellation – President Eisenhower’s personal aircraft ‘Columbine II’ – which they are fully restoring.


EastWestEastWest Aviation, of Castle Donnington, are an aviation consultancy, ‘Large enough to cope, small enough to care’. EastWest can provide fleet management, training, aircraft charter, wet or dry lease and many other services; they also have a wide selection of aircraft for sale. One of their most interesting services is the provision of ‘FlyOps’ software, allowing the timely management of everything from engineering tasks to crew training. Dave Hunter, the CEO and Founder of EastWest Aviation maintains the ‘627 in Retirement’ website.


EGVLThe EGVL – Eerbetoon Geallieerde Vliegeniers Lingewaal (Allied Airmen Tribute Lingewaal). Lingewaal is the municipality, situated in the province of Gelderland, The Netherlands, on which territory five allied planes crashed: Typhoon 1b, Spitifre IX, Mustang III, P-38 F-5E and of course the Mosquito IV. The foundation was created simply to make sure that this important part of our local but also WW2 history was preserved and above all that it was made available for the general public. Before we started this part of history was totally unknown to many here and we could not let it happen that these airmen would be forgotten and would always remain a statistic. English website coming soon.


Empire State Aerosciences MuseumThe Empire State Aerosciences Museum reveals the history of flight and New York State’s impact on the development of aviation. The museum is located on the Schenectady County Airport, one of the earliest consolidated airports in the country, where Charles Lindbergh landed in 1927. During the 1930’s, it was an aircraft manufacturing site and became a military training base during World War II. Aircraft research and development conducted here was so important that the first jet airmail started from this site in 1946. With the establishment of the General Electric Flight Test Facility and the Malta Rocket Test Station toward the end of WWII, it became known as “The Little Peenemunde of the US” because of its rocket and jet research and development. The museum site and buildings are part of this heritage.


fighter-factoryThe Fighter Factory is the maintenance and restoration facility of the Military Aviation Museum. Recently relocated to a new hangar on Virginia Beach Airport, a team of 15 highly-skilled technicians ensure that the collection is kept in fully serviceable condition. Both World War One and World War Two aircraft are maintained to the highest of standards.


Gatwick Aviation MuseumThe Gatwick Aviation Museum has a unique collection of British Aircraft from the “golden age” of British aircraft manufacture. From the end of WWII until the 1970’s British aircraft designers produced some of the most innovative and advanced aircraft of the day. In this collection there are examples from the major manufacturers of this period. Amongst the list are classic names: English Electric, Avro, de Havilland, Hawker, Fairey, Blackburn, Percival.


Glenn smithOur friend Glenn Smith is quite capable of constructing a light aircraft if he has to, or of supplying you with aviation grade fabrication materials; he holds an ‘Australian Recreational Aviation L2 Authority: All welding – All airframe repairs and line maintenance on aircraft engines’. With ‘Smithy’s’ extensive experience, he was a natural to become the exclusive agent in Australia for the Flitzer Sport Planes series of aircraft. Well done, Smithy!


hfaIn 2011, Colin Boyd purchased G-FFOX (WV318). a beautifully restored Hunter T.7. This two-seater was originally built as an F.4 single-seat fighter, but was later converted. The aircraft is based at Cotswold Airport, and is finished in the famous all-black scheme of 111 Squadron’s ‘Black Arrows’ display team. If you are a PPL holder and have the inclination, you can be taught to fly this 700 mph jet by a dedicated team of ex-military instructors. You can see this Hunter around the U.K. display circuit throughout the season; indeed, she was seen recently, in formation with the Rolls-Royce owned Spitfire PR Mk XiX, G-RRGN! More details on the Hunter Flight Academy website.


Indianapolis Aero ClubThe Indianapolis Aero Club has a membership of aviation enthusiasts and pilots spanning all generations. Primarily, the club meets once a month for dinner and hosts an aviation speaker. Aerobatic performers, WWII flying aces, historians, astronauts and engineers have all presented to the membership, including many notables like Paul Poberezny, Paul Tibbets, Gov. Whitcomb and Dr. David Wolf. The club has also helped sponsor the USAF Thunderbirds or USN Blue Angels at the Indianapolis Air Show in years past, and has taken trips to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The Indianapolis Aero Club awards two scholarships each year sending a member of the future generation of aviators (usually aged 14-18) to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL and to Airventure’s Youth Camp the week before EAA Airventure.


LAHCThe Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a living memorial to the men of RAF Bomber Command, and home to NX611 ‘Just Jane’, a restored Avro Lancaster B Mk VII, in which it is possible to book a ‘taxy trip’. This is the aircraft which featured in a ‘Dr Who’ Christmas Special. The museum is located on the former RAF East Kirkby, and is truly a family-run enterprise. Other aircraft, WW2 vehicles. the original Control Tower and magnificent exhibitions make this a ‘must see’ museum. See the website for details of their ongoing programme of special events.


MAMLocated in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Military Aviation Museum holds one of the largest private collections of WW1 and WW2 era military aircraft in the world. Most of these aircraft are beautifully restored and in flying condition and are flown at one of the semi-annual air shows or other events which take place on site. Personal tours of the collection are available, and there are ‘hangar talks’ each month. The MAM is a truly spectacular museum and event venue and home to Jerry Yagen’s recently restored Mosquito FB.26 KA114.


Museum of Berkshire AviationBerkshire’s dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically re-captured at The Museum of Berkshire Aviation. Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading, U.K. – once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives.


NS(RAF)A_logoThe National Service (RAF) Association was founded in 2002 and is open to ALL ex Royal Air Force National Servicemen and Regulars, WAAF and WRAF who served between 1939 and 1963. NS(RAF)A is extremely active, holding an Annual National Parade and Reunion at RAF Cosford; this is the largest parade and gathering of its kind in the United Kingdom. The Association sponsored the National Service Exhibit at the RAF Museum Cosford. Their network of Branches enable members to participate in many social events.


JPGroupIn 1995, Neil McCarthy and other pilots formed a consortium to acquire XM479, a Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.3A which had been on strength of 1FTS at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. The aircraft had been retired from the Royal Air Force in 1993, this particular T.3A is one of the lowest timed aircraft of its type, and has now been beautifully restored. The Newcastle Jet Provost Group is fully capable of training pilots in the joys of jet flight up to, and including, aerobatics. Based on Newcastle International Airport, XM479 displays at many airshows around the U.K. throughout the season. Social Membership of the Group is also available, at a very reasonable cost.


Quonset Air MuseumThe mission of the Rhode Island Quonset Air Museum (QAM) is to preserve, interpret and present Rhode Island’s aviation history through collections, research, education and exhibits.The museum has a large and valuable collection of aircraft, aircraft parts, and other historical artifacts. The 28 aircraft currently on display or under restoration include civilian, military and prototype aircraft dating from 1944 (Hellcat under restoration) to 1983 (F-14 Tomcat). And the last aircraft to fly from Quonset NAS, a C-1A COD BU#136792 a one of a kind TWIN TAIL Navy transport.


RAF_DigbyRAF Digby played a very significant role during World War Two. The former Sector Operations Room has been the subject of an excellent restoration, and now shows what the situation was at the outbreak of war on September 3rd, 1939. There are also displays of Merlin engines, uniforms and other artifacts. All the work was undertaken by a volunteer team of Service personnel who retrieved parts from many locations around the U.K.


Airfield Construction BranchThe Royal Air Force Airfield Construction Branch is possibly one of the least-known Branches of the Service, yet without the ACB, there would be few airfields and RAF establishments as we know them. Training personnel in power distribution, plant operation, and many more trades, the Branch operated from 1941 to 1966 when it was disbanded, and its function taken over by the Royal Engineers. The RAFACB web site is extremely interesting and covers (with many photographs) an aspect of RAF life that is often overlooked.


SoCA LogoWork on what was to become RAF Coltishall began in 1939, and by the time of the Battle of Britain, it had become a vital airfield whose Hurricanes defended East Anglia. Famous names such as Douglas Bader flew from there, and post-war, Wing Commander R.R. Stanford Tuck was Station Commander. 23 Squadron, equipped with the Mosquito NF.36 moved to Coltishall, and it is here that RL249 crashed. ‘The Home of the Jaguar’ might now have closed, but its spirit, and the traditions it established, lives on in the form of the Spirit of Coltishall Association a vibrant organization that sees to it that the essence of Coltishall is still with us.


shmm-logoThe Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum at Manston is a unique site, which not only displays up close two of the most legendary and iconic war planes themselves but also a whole host of period objects and artefacts which help bring to life the story of the people at this most important time of our history, as well as the deeds of the heroic pilots in the air and their support crews. The actual Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft that form the centrepieces to the Museum’s fine collection, are the real thing, restored fighters that actually took part in WW2.


SpitsimIf you have ever dreamed of flying a Spifire, you will know that for the vast majority it is just a pipe dream. Even the normal PC-based flight simulators, with joystick controls, just don’t match the experience. But now you can have the very experience that you seek. Spitsim Flight Controls have reproduced a Sptifire cockpit by making exact copies of real Spitfire Mk IX components. The result has been declared as “The nearest thing to flying a real Spitfire I have ever experienced” by a former Squadron Leader of the BBMF. This is total immersion warbird simulation at its best.


Sywell Aviation MuseumSywell Aviation Museum (SAM) is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation which aims to preserve the history of Sywell Aerodrome and Northamptonshire’s rich aviation heritage from the early days of aviation to the Second World War and beyond. SAM began life in 1998 and the Museum building was opened in 2001 by the legendary aviator Alex Henshaw MBE who is also our honorary president. Alex flew from Sywell regularly during the Second World War, airtesting Vickers Wellingtons from the aerodrome so we were honoured that he agreed to launch our small Museum. The Museum originally consisted of three Nissen huts, dismantled at thew now-closed RAF Bentwaters and erected on site at Sywell. The buildings themselves are artefacts having been used as bomb fusing sheds at Bentwaters by the USAAF during WW2.


TIGHARTIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”) is the acronym for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting responsible aviation archaeology and historic preservation. TIGHAR maintains no collection of its own, nor does it engage in the restoration or buying and selling of artifacts. The foundation devotes its resources to the saving of endangered historic aircraft wherever they may be found, and to the education of the international public in the need to preserve the relics of the history of flight.


WattishamAlthough you must apply in advance to tour Wattisham Airfield Museum, (see website), it is a truly fascinating place. Wattisham Station Heritage, which has operated the Museum since 1991 has gathered artifacts, uniforms and memorabilia telling the story of RAF Wattisham from 1939 to the present day. These are housed in the original Station Chapel, built by the USAAF in 1943. A separate collection of aircraft (under restoration) is housed in a HAS – a Hardened Aircraft Shelter, which is itself a significant historic relic. If you are an aviation enthusiast, it is well worth booking a tour.

 

Squadrons

100 groupFrom 1943 to 1945, 100 Group, Royal Air Force battled the German nightfighter force both directly and indirectly. Jamming and other countermeasures of both the Luftwaffe radar and radio networks was undertaken using Halifax, Stirling, Wellington, B-17 and Liberator aircraft, whilst long-range nightfighters – mostly Mosquitoes – attacked their opposite numbers. 100 Group Association is open to all who served in 100 Group, and regular newsletters and Reunions keep their unique spirit alive. 29 Squadron, equipped with the Mosquito, was a wartime member of 100 Group.


307 Sqn project307 Squadron Project has been formed more than 70 years after the South-West of England was protected by the Polish night-fighter squadron. It is a non-profit British-Polish organisation that has been established to promote the role and carry out further research on the Polish 307 Squadron (part of the RAF) known as the ‘Lwow Eagle Owls’ The project was founded by Michael Parrott, Marcin Piórkowski and Andrzej Michalski who run the project in their spare time.The project is a also an extremely positive link between our two nations.


627sqncrst627 Squadron In Retirement. Although a very short-lived squadron in Royal Air Force terms (November 1943 – October 1945), 627 Squadron took part in many daring, low-level operations, precision marking high-value targets for the Lancasters of No. 5 Group, Royal Air Force. During its operational life, 627 was exclusively equipped with the de Havilland Mosquito. Indeed, our promotional video on our home page (4 mins long, and filmed in August 1944) features 627 Squadron in action. Despite their short existence, the Squadron Association, 627 Squadron In Retirement, is a very active one.


81_sqn81 Squadron was formed as a training unit of the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. Disbanded at the end of World War One, when reformed it spent the vast majority of its existence as an RAF squadron away from the U.K. During World War Two it flew Hurricanes in Russia, and Spitfires in Italy and the Far East. Perhaps it is best known for a unique feat. 81 Squadron launched the last RAF operational sortie of a Spitfire (a Mk XIX, on 1 Apr, 1954), and also the last Mosquito sortie (a Mk. 34a, on 15 December, 1955) both during the Malayan Emergency. The Squadron Association exists ‘to further the unique bonds of fellowship and friendship found on the squadron’.


25_SqnOne of the most distinguished Royal Air Force squadrons, with a history stretching over 92 years (including its time as an RFC unit), XXV (Fighter) Squadron flew FE2 and DH4 aircraft during World War One, and was a dedicated nightfighter unit during the Battle of Britain with Blenheims and Beaufighters. Starting its association with the Mosquito in 1942, it flew NF.II, FB.VI, NF.XVII, NF.30 and the NF.36. The Mosquito NF.36 was flown postwar, from September 1946 to August 1951, from RAF West Malling. When disbandment came in 2008, 25 Sqn was flying the Tornado F3.

 

Blogs and Websites

The Mosquito PageStarted in 1996, The Mosquito Page contains, amongst other things, a list of all of the surviving Mosquitoes, a production list, a list of Mosquito books and magazine/journal articles as well as a forum dedicated to the Mosquito.


TravelforaircraftTravel for Aircraft – On the ground, in the hangar, at the museum — travelforaircraft@gmail.com — aviation’s history wherever it is, how to get there and what it looks like.


Jets Of The Cold WarThe idea behind ‘Jets Of The Cold War’ is to build up a site that contains information, images, links, resources etc. relating to aircraft from the Cold War era. Aircraft featured are from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Features and articles written by guest experts are always welcome.


IndytransponderIndyTransponder is a collection of headlines, links, and articles related to Aviation Edutainment which include air shows and air racing.