Good wood revival: Kiwi Mosquito gets airborne

It’s great to see the beautiful de Havilland Mosquito back in the air, following a painstaking restoration project performed in Drury, near Auckland, New Zealand.

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Salvaged from a Russian swamp seven years ago, Canadian-built aircraft KA114 was flown the short distance from Ardmore Airport to Mangere and back on 29 September (Rex Features image above). This was the first time that the Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered wooden type had been aloft since a UK-owned example was lost in a fatal crash in 1996.

You can see the level of work that was required to get KA114 airworthy again by visiting the Mosquito Aircraft Restoration website. And read the local New Zealand Herald report about the first flight here.

I think it’s a great shame that the Royal Air Force’s excellent Battle of Britain Memorial Flight doesn’t have a Mosquito on its books. Or a Hawker Typhoon, come to think of it. Think I need to watch the movie 633 Squadron again some time soon…


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