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Published on Mar 24, 2016
The de Havilland Mosquito was a WWII era bomber. It was a multi-use aircraft that was capable of bombing missions, surveying missions, and tactical missions. The Mosquito was a fast plane, it relied on its speed and maneuverability to get it out of sticky situations. One of the reasons why the Mossie was so fast was because of its relatively light weight; the aircraft was made entirely of wood.
Over 7700 of these aircraft were built between 1940 and 1950. Today, there are only 30 of these aircraft left in the world. Some are in museums, two have been restored to flying condition, and a handful are under restoration.
Right now in Alberta, Canada, Mosquito RS700/CF-HMS is undergoing restoration to its former glory as a high altitude surveying aircraft with Spartan Air Services with running engines. The restoration is being carried out by a team of volunteers at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada who have dedicated themselves to not only restoring and educating people about the Mossie, but honouring the memories of those who served and flew these aircraft over the years.
The Mosquito is not the Museum’s first restoration project. Most notably, the museum restored a Lancaster Bomber with engines running. They hold monthly engine run-up events throughout the summer and just recently demonstrated the aircraft taxing under its own power. It is one of four remaining Lancasters in the world with running engines.