Operation Jericho 2020
An Opportunity Not to be Missed

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito enjoys legendary status. 

This exemplar of British aeronautical design genius is moulded around its graceful lines, its unmatched performance and unrivalled versatility. Unquestionably, the de Havilland Mosquito’s story deserves to be told.

Working with world-renowned aircraft restoration company Retrotec Ltd, we are writing the Mosquito’s next chapter. Thanks to public support from all over the world, the first Mosquito fuselage moulds to be produced in the UK for more than 70 years are now well underway.

We are asking for your support to raise £250,000 to complete the moulds and to enable the project to move forward into the next stage, the fuselage production of the iconic ‘Mossie’.

To help complete this historic work, we’re offering you the chance to add your name to the Mosquito story… we call it Operation Jericho 2020.

With tailored rewards packages to suit every budget, including exclusive levels of support for those seeking to secure their place in the story of the Mosquito forevermore, Operation Jericho 2020 is an opportunity not to be missed. 

Gold Supporter
£500

Your chance to add your stamp on this remarkable piece of British engineering and see history come alive when RL249 takes to the skies.

» An invitation to visit Retrotec and sign your name on an infill section of the Mosquito fuselage mould.

» An exclusive invitation to the maiden flight of RL249.

» Receive a unique Operation Jericho 2020 pin badge.

» Personalised Operation Jericho 2020 contributors’ certificate.

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Silver Supporter
£100

Your chance to put your name on the frame – inscribed forever on the Operation Jericho 2020 Roll of Honour.


» Your name added to the Operation Jericho 2020 Roll of Honour, inscribed on the base of the fuselage mould.

» Receive a unique Operation Jericho 2020 pin badge.

» Personalised Operation Jericho 2020 contributors’ certificate.

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Bronze Supporter
£25

Your chance to help mould the story and help return a UK-built de Havilland Mosquito to the skies above Europe.


» Receive a unique Operation Jericho 2020 pin badge.

» Personalised Operation Jericho 2020 contributors’ certificate.

Donate Now!

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Make Your Mark on History

DIAMOND AND PLATINUM PACKAGES

These elite packages offer supporters the chance to not only add their name to the story of the de Havilland Mosquito but provide opportunities to see, touch, smell and savour RL249 as the aircraft takes shape during restoration.

You will be personally invited to join The People’s Mosquito team, Retrotec, and distinguished guests to savour the sight and sound of a Mosquito FB.VI taking to UK skies once again. 

Airbus

“Airbus is a strong believer in preserving wider aviation heritage and we are proud to be supporting The People’s Mosquito in this endeavour. For us the Mosquito is more than a beautiful and iconic aircraft, Airbus has a direct relationship to it as more than 90 were built at our Broughton factory in Flintshire. That passion and dedication is reflected today in our skilled workforce whose talents are focused on building wings for the Airbus commercial aircraft fleet.”

– Jeremy Greaves, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategy, Airbus UK.

Corporate Support

We are keen to explore corporate sponsorship, both within and outside of the aviation industry. If you would like to discuss the opportunities and ways in which we could work together, please get in touch.

A Unique Opportunity

PLATINUM
SUPPORTER
£5,000

Memories to last a lifetime. In recognition of your incredible support, you will have the unique opportunity to see RL249 take shape during her restoration and enjoy unrivalled access to the first UK-build Mosquito in more than 70 years when she takes to the skies once again. 

» Early bird queue option for a flight in RL249. You will have priority access to a flight in The People’s Mosquito.

» An invitation to sign your name on your own dedicated section of the Mosquito fuselage mould.

» An additional VIP visit to Retrotec to see RL249 during the restoration.

» A VIP invitation to the maiden flight of RL249.

» An invitation for two to a Supporters’ Dinner at the RAF Club, Piccadilly.

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DIAMOND
SUPPORTER
£2,000

For the real warbird enthusiast, the chance to make a major contribution to returning a De Havilland Mosquito to European skies. As well as the chance to personally sponsor a complete infill section of the fuselage mould, you’ll have the chance to see our restoration in person with a VIP invitation to Retrotec. You’ll also be part of an exclusive club, invited to attend the maiden flight of RL249. 

» An invitation to sign your name on your own dedicated section of the Mosquito fuselage mould.

» An additional VIP visit to Retrotec to see RL249 during the restoration.

» A VIP invitation to the maiden flight of RL249.

» An invitation for two to a Supporters’ Dinner at the RAF Club, Piccadilly.

For terms & conditions click here

A Word on the Mosquito From Those Who Know

Flt Lt Colin Bell

608 Squadron
LNSF 8 Group Pathfinder Force

“My first impression: What a sleek and beautiful aircraft. If it looks good, it will fly good – and it did.

My abiding memory of the Mosquito was of a superbly efficient and responsive warplane. It was a joy to fly.

Was I grateful for being in a Mosquito? All the time. It could outfly any propeller-driven enemy night fighter.

The Mosquito saved my skin many times, never so much as when I was being chased by an enemy jet fighter. The Mosquito’s speed and manoeuvrability were superb and resulted in the enemy abandoning the pursuit.

What would it mean to me to have a Mossie flying again over the U.K? A great deal indeed. Seeing a Mosquito at future air displays would allow a younger generation to see for themselves what an outstanding and impressive aircraft it is.”

Flt Lt Des Curtis DFC

618 Squadron

“Unquestionably, the de Havilland Mosquito was the finest multi-role aircraft in the world in the 1940s. Sadly, the tragic loss of RR299 on 21 July 1996 at Barton deprived the generations in Britain since then of the opportunity to enjoy seeing a Mosquito at the air displays. In the minds of many, the RAF in World War II is defined by the Spitfire, Hurricane and the Lancaster.

The public deserves to know more of this aircraft, and The People’s Mosquito project is the most practical way of achieving this. I hope to live long enough to see an overfly, and to hear again the unique sound of the twin Merlin engines, of this wonderful plane. Top of my bucket list.”

W/O John Beeching

169 Squadron and 627 Squadron, 100 Group

“My first association with the Mosquito was at Cranfield, where, after flying Beaufighters, we converted to the Mosquito. I was treated to a whole 35 minutes dual and that was it!

I went on to fly 57 different Mosquitoes of various types, from FB.VIs to Mk.XIX night fighters and then on to the B.Mk.IV and the B.Mk.XVI big-bellied PFF aircraft. As I never even scratched one, this tells you that they were not a hard aircraft to fly, especially after the Beau, which was a handful.

In the Beaufighter, the navigator sat some way back and was a disembodied voice complaining of the cold most of the time, while in the Mosquito, he sat alongside in a much warmer environment and could see what was going on out front. All very matey.

I was only 21 then and the horror of the whole war sort of went over our heads. Our main worry was whether the Royal Oak was going to run out of beer.”

There can be no better way to honour and celebrate the accomplishments of those who designed, built, flew and maintained





this engineering marvel than to return the Mossie to the UK skies into which she was born. 

VE Day 75th Anniversary

This year is the 75th anniversary to mark the end of hostilities in Europe, VE Day, Victory in Europe. The Mosquito played an important part in that Victory. Behind this success are not only the aircrew but also people involved in the design, manufacture, maintenance and of course the ground crews. In this moment of celebration and reflection, we salute you.

Lest We Forget

Over the course of this restoration, we have come to know many veterans and their families. We share many veterans stories through the TPM Club quarterly journal ‘Mossie Bites’ and we are delighted to be adding the name of many family’s relatives to our fuselage mould in remembrance through this campaign.

Celebrate VE Day with a special gift for you or your loved ones from our superb range of Mosquito Memorabilia and help bring this beautiful WW2 aircraft back to our skies at the same time.

To Fly, To Educate, To Remember

A registered charity, The People’s Mosquito exists to return the de Havilland Mosquito to UK skies. A diverse team of professionals from a wide range of commercial backgrounds, the charity is entirely run and managed by volunteers – united in our love of the Wooden Wonder.

In 2018, The People’s Mosquito took the bold the step to build RL249 in the UK, the de Havilland Mosquito’s spiritual home.

That decision was made possible thanks to our collection of more than 22,330 original de Havilland Mosquito drawings. Records stretch from the development of the Mosquito prototype W4050, in 1940, through to late-life modifications made in 1996. It represents the largest collection of original de Havilland Mosquito-related technical data anywhere in the world.

With a support base that now spans the globe, but is naturally focused on the UK, the charity is working towards a five-year restoration of RL249 with our partners, Retrotec.

Craftsmanship, Authenticity and Unparalleled Quality

Retrotec has an almost unrivalled reputation within the historic aviation world. The company’s collective dedication to the highest standards of authenticity and craftsmanship in their restorations is recognised across the globe. They set a benchmark standard for the whole historic aviation community.

Under the expert guidance of Guy Black, Retrotec has established a reputation for delivering some of the most authentic aircraft restorations in the world over the past 30+ years. The business, which is fully accredited by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, offers services including design, parts manufacture and reconstruction of complete aircraft, all delivered by highly experienced engineers.

The East Sussex-based company has already delivered several iconic restorations to UK skies while the team’s experience of working with wooden airframes is second to none.

Retrotec has full UK Civil Aviation Authority accreditation, with A8-20 approval underpinned by CAA A8-21 (Manufacturing and Design) and A8-25 (Maintenance) accreditation. As a result, it is capable of not just design, but also the manufacture of aircraft parts and engine components.

This unmatched expertise has been instrumental in returning several stunning restorations to the air, including two Hawker Furys, a 1935 Hawker Nimrod II and most recently, two AirCo DH9 WW1 bombers – one of which, E8894, is now the only original World War One bomber flying in the world. In addition, Guy Black and his team have delivered several outstanding static restorations, which can now be viewed at museums across the world.

Today, moving the de Havilland story on by 22 years from 1918 to 1940, Retrotec is working with The People’s Mosquito to return Captain Sir Geoffrey de Havilland’s seminal masterpiece to UK skies once again.

By harnessing The People’s Mosquito’s vast collection of technical data, Retrotec has used original de Havilland lofting drawings to form the classic Mosquito fuselage moulds. Approximately £90,000 has been invested in the construction of the two moulds to date. Now, we need your help to complete this historic work and allow us to move onto the construction of RL249’s airframe!

Operation Jericho 2020

There’s a reason we chose Operation Jericho to define the targeted fundraising campaign underpinning the construction of the first Mosquito fuselage moulds to be crafted in the UK in 70+ years. 

Jericho became synonymous with the de Havilland Mosquito. A daring, low-level raid launched on 18 February 1944, the precision strike demonstrated the effectiveness of fast, accurate and daring interdiction. 

Arguably, it was the foundation upon which the Mosquito’s legendary status was built. What more fitting project around which to mould our vital fundraising? 

Operation Jericho 2020 will be the first in a series of richly rewarding fundraising campaigns.

As we progress further with the reconstruction of RL249 we will be launching further campaigns for you to collect a series of operational badges. For those who donate to all campaigns, you will be invited to attend a unique access-all-areas event at the operational base of The People’s Mosquito, including the chance to explore RL249’s cockpit.

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    Terms and Conditions – the Dreaded Small Print

    i) Excess Funds
    * Any donations received beyond those needed to complete the mould will be channelled into funding the next stage of the aircraft build programme.

    ii) Visit to Retrotec’s Facility
    * The named individual, plus a guest, will be invited to attend Retrotec’s facility on a specified date.
    * Every effort will be made to provide alternate dates should the offered date be unsuitable.
    * In the event of a cancellation due to production commitments or other events outside of our control, alternate dates will be offered.
    * Retrotec’s facility is a working factory. Visitors will be expected to follow the site’s safety rules at all times.
    * Any special needs pertaining to the visit must be notified in advance. Every effort will be made to facilitate these requirements but this may not always be possible.

    iii) Invitation for 2 to a Supporters’ Dinner at the RAF Club
    * A three-course dinner including a bottle of wine for 2 people at the RAF Club in London, or a suitable alternate location, on a date to be confirmed.
    * Travel and hotel accommodation is not included.
    * The dinner is subject to a minimum viable number of participants.
    * Participants must be 18 years or over.
    * A dress code will apply.
    * Additional tickets may be purchased through The People’s Mosquito.

    iv) Early Bird Queue Option for a Flight in a Mossie
    * The applicant has an option for a priority position ahead of non-Platinum supporters in the waiting list for a paid flight in Mosquito RL249.
    * The cost of the paid passenger flight is not included.
    * Paid flights are subject to The People’s Mosquito obtaining all necessary and relevant permits, permissions and insurances to enable the carriage of fare-paying passengers.
    * Any flight would be subject to the individual signing a consent form in accordance with CAA Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent form (SSAC).  

    v) VIP Invitation to the Maiden Public Flight
    * The date and time of the maiden, public flight to be confirmed
    * The date and/or time of the flight may be subject to change at short notice due to, for example, technical issues or weather.
    * Individuals are required to comply with all relevant venue safety rules in force at the time.
    * Travel and hotel accommodation are not included.