Aviator and presenter Arthur Williams joins The People’s Mosquito as patron

Seen here with his 1943 Piper Cub, Arthur has emerged as one of the most recognizable presenters on British television.

In support of its aim to return a de Havilland DH.98 to UK skies, The People’s Mosquito is both proud and delighted to announce our new patron, respected aviator and popular broadcaster Arthur Williams.

Arthur has become synonymous with the story of Mosquito restoration and its vital war winning role, ever since his documentary The Plane that Saved Britain, first aired. Since then, his career as a broadcaster and presenter has reached new heights, most recently with the phenomenally successful Channel 4 series, Flying Around Britain.

A boost to TPM’s profile

“Arthur has been a keen supporter of our project for some time now, and has always offered support whenever required. We were delighted when he accepted our invitation to join the TPM family as patron,” said John Lilley, Managing Director of The People’s Mosquito.

Overcoming obstacles has become something of a habit for Arthur having graduated from Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in 2004. A long rehabilitation followed a serious car accident in 2007 but, having overcome huge personal challenges, an association with the charity Aerobility allowed Arthur to fulfil a long-held ambition to learn to fly.

Arthur’s love of sport, in particular wheelchair racing, was to open an entirely new chapter in his career when he joined Channel 4’s presentation team providing coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics. Since then, he has emerged as one of the most recognisable and popular aviation presenters in the UK and is often seen at the controls of his stunning 1943 Piper Cub. Most recently, Arthur completed his debut season working as guest commentator for The Blades aerobatics team as they thrilled an estimated three million spectators in the 2019 display season.

The Mosquito connection

“I’ve always loved the ‘Mossie’,” said Arthur Williams. “During a 2013 Christmas party with Channel 4 I was talking with the then commissioning editor for specialist factual, waxing lyrical about the Mosquito. He had never heard of the aeroplane but commissioned a one-hour documentary = The Plane that Saved Britain – there and then. 

“The journey that followed allowed me to explore some of the fascinating stories behind the aircraft, including the people who designed, built and flew her. It culminated in my travelling to the States and being the luckiest chap alive to have the opportunity to fly in her over Virginia Beach. It was a dream come true!”

Arthur continued: “I’m passionate about seeing a British Mossie grace our skies and airshow circuit once again. The effect that aeroplane had on me as a boy watching it display was awe inspiring. We have to allow our future generations to enjoy the same privilege.” 

Filling ‘Winkle’s’ shoes

Trustees of the charity thought long and hard about a suitable replacement for Capt. Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, The People’s Mosquito’s original patron who sadly passed away just over four years ago.

“Arthur’s passion for the Mossie is well known. What better person to help promote our restoration, support our fundraising, and tell the story of this remarkable aircraft – an icon of British design that deserves to be returned to UK skies.”

4 thoughts on “Aviator and presenter Arthur Williams joins The People’s Mosquito as patron”

  1. I could claim that I owe the Mosquito my life, having been conceived when my parents were both working on its design and development in 1943. My father, Denis Corrick, was then a young design engineer and my mother, Elisabeth (nee Pritchard), a secretary at de Havilland’s Hatfield base.

    Many years later, the Mosquito’s influence could still be detected when I became an apprenticed aero engineer, took up my father’s sport of gliding and went solo in a wooden glider…

    Alas, my dear parents are both long gone, but the Mosquito – one of the loveliest, most graceful and most intelligent of aeroplanes, reminds me of them every day.

  2. Douglas Gordon

    I am so glad to see a De Havilland Mosquito getting rebuilt to flying condition. It was the first multi role combat aircraft and to fly over 400 mph the wooden wonder was an amazing aircraft.

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