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de Havilland's DH 98 Mosquito

The "wooden wonder" the "Mossie" was constructed almost entirely from plywood. Even on one engine the Mosquito demonstrated superior maneuverability. Much of the reason for this performance was it's ultra light weight construction, using a balsa sandwich between plys of wood. Power was from two Rolls-Royce Merlin in line engines. When it was produced, it was the fastest plane of the war. It was capable of reaching speeds of 425 mph at 30,000 feet.  Originally designed for use as a light bomber, the Mosquito assumed numerous roles and variants. First flying as a prototype November 25, 1940, the total construction of the Mossie was 7,781 aircraft when production ended in November 1950. Of those de Havilland Canada built 1,134 of those 444 were part of the RCAF from June 1, 1943 to September 28, 1951.


Engines (two) 1,274 kW. (1,710 hp.), Rolls-Royce Merlin 76's or 113's. Wing Span; 16.51 m. (54' 2"), Length; 12.65 m. (41' 6"), Maximum take off weight; 11,567 kg. (25,500 lbs.), Max Speed 684 km/h (425 mph.), Range;  5,633 km. (3,500 miles)

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A nice profile This mosquito has a modified nose section to house a radar. Note also the D-Day markings on the wings and tail.

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Wings Over The Pacific was updated November 09, 1998