Where will The People’s Mosquito be based?
It’s a question that frequently arises on and offline – from both our supporters and the wider aviation community – where will The People’s Mosquito be based when she’s operational?
The board has, in fact, been discussing widespread online speculation on the topic this week. In light of recent high profile media interest and the incredible boost in public awareness this has given to our project, speculation has naturally grown … we therefore wanted to bring everyone up to date on this important topic.
Over the past 12 months TPM has been overwhelmed by the offers of support and interest from established heritage aviation associations and operators. At this stage, discussions remain informal, but The People’s Mosquito will be continuing those discussions as the project progresses.
Our Director of Operations, Bill Ramsey, together with our Director of Engineering, Ross Sharp, continue to develop detailed plans for our future operational requirements. Principal among these will be a minimum runway length of 6,000ft to ensure a sufficient safety margin and a home base that enables us to reach as many events as possible with the minimal transit time.
A Mossie will burn in the region of 90 gallons per hour in cruise, and considerably more in display mode, so in the interests of our supporters we want to reach as many people as possible as efficiently as possible.
What’s more, our DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI will be The People’s Mosquito, which will mean we want members of the public to come and see us – the site must therefore provide controlled public access.
Naturally, our focus at the current time is on securing the necessary funding to build RL249 and return her to flight. As the project progresses and we begin to close in on final assembly, discussions around TPM’s future home will rapidly advance. At that point, we will be keeping all our supporters regularly updated on our plans and reasoning behind any shortlist/final decision.
In the meantime, any coverage you read on our future home will be speculation. No decision will have been made.
As always, the board remain accessible to you all and you can contact the project with any questions at any time as we work towards funding our fuselage build – further updates about which will follow soon.
The TPM team.