Technical

World’s only airworthy World War One bomber takes to the skies

What a fitting testament to the genius of the engineers at Retrotec and the dedication of all involved in this remarkable restoration. All at TPM would like to congratulate Guy and Janice Black, as well as pilot Dodge Bailey and the entire HAC team, on a successful first flight for the world’s only airworthy World …

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The People’s Mosquito contracts with Retrotec Ltd to build its Mosquito FB VI, RL249

The People’s Mosquito Ltd, a UK aviation restoration charity established to return a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI to UK skies is delighted to announce that they have contracted with Retrotec Ltd, one of the world’s premier aircraft restoration providers, to build and test to final airworthiness acceptance, this versatile World War II aircraft. The …

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Bringing the De Havilland Mosquito back home

As recently announced by John Lilley, Chairman and Managing Director, The People’s Mosquito is in detailed discussions to bring a significant proportion of our Mosquito restoration back to the UK. The decision follows the culmination of months of effort behind the scenes in reviewing and analysing more than 22,300 De Havilland technical drawings, donated in …

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Tailwheel is a rare find and excellent acquisition

Securing an original Mosquito tailwheel by Ross Sharp, Director of Engineering, The People’s Mosquito The surge of interest in The People’s Mosquito project, due, in part, to the acquisition of over 22,000 original drawings mounted on aperture cards, has given rise to some fascinating developments. One of these has been the recent acquisition by the team …

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Speculation on RL249’s future home

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 …

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‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ – the N.F. Mk XV, a Mosquito worthy of the motto!

The motto of the Royal Air Force might well be said to apply to the de Havilland Mosquito. If it were not for the struggles of Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Rhodes Freeman, the Air Member for Research and Development and Geoffrey de Havilland, Snr., the Mosquito might well have been still-born. However, there was …

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Asymmetric Power v George Stewart's Zero Boost method

Our newest Affiliate and old friend, George E. Stewart DFC, former wartime Mosquito pilot and trainer, has generously shared with us these photographs illustrating the original asymmetric power technique that resulted in so many ground-loops and crashes on take-off, and describes the Zero Boost method he developed for making Mosquito launches safer. George writes: “These three photographs …

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