PRESS RELEASE – Renowned aviation artist Simon W. Atack lends his support to TPM


Issued: 25th May 2013

Aviation artist Simon W. Atack lends his support to The People’s Mosquito

The People’s Mosquito takes great pleasure in announcing that renowned aviation and maritime artist Simon W. Atack has given his strongest endorsement to the project by offering it his official support.

Simon explains: “I support this project wholeheartedly. Because I recognise something kindred-like here. There is a spirit unique to the British character that does not accept the impossible as impossible.

I know exactly what it means to defy the face of the impossible. Apparently I am going to be famous as an artist, only after my death! I often receive comments from individuals bereft of that spirit to ensure that important parts of our history and heritage are available to those that come after us.  And so it is I recognise that same spirit with The People’s Mosquito.

Never underestimate what can be achieved with collective will and thought…and a big helping of enthusiasts’ time and financial support.

This sorely missed aeroplane will fly in British skies again one day.  You just watch!

Here’s to rolled-up sleeves!”

Simon has become an honorary member of the TPM team and also joins the growing ranks of Associates that include many aviation related organisations around the world such as New Zealand-based Avspecs Ltd who recently brought Mosquito KA114 back to life and numerous aviation museums and RAF Squadron Associations.

Simon’s latest work, “On The Wings Of The Storm”, featuring Mosquito IVs of RAF 105 Squadron – the first unit to receive the Mosquito – training off the coast of Scotland, will be the focal point of his own page on The People’s Mosquito website at

Formed in December 2011, The People’s Mosquito has a simple vision: to restore a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito to flying condition and return it to the skies. The project began life on Twitter when warbird restorer and aviation fanatic John Lilley tweeted about his longstanding idea of getting a Mosquito flying in the UK again.

The individuals behind The People’s Mosquito project all have one thing in common – a passion for aircraft. They are united by a love of aviation history and a desire to see one of the Second World War’s most distinguished aircraft flying above Britain again.


Notes to Editors

Artist’s visualization of restored RL249 available for publication.

Project Lead John Lilley is available for interview/comment. He is, however, currently working in China and therefore an interview would be best done via Skype or Google+. Please contact Nick Horrox who will arrange this with John if required.

Contact: Nick Horrox, The People’s Mosquito PR

Mobile: 07966 482770



This Press Release is available in pdf format here.

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