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2 x 1,620 hp ea.
40 ft. 10 in.
54 ft. 2 in.
4 - 7.7 mm
4 - 20 mm
de Havilland Mosquito
When first flown, the de Havilland Mosquito had the speed and altitude to evade any enemy aircraft of the day. It was built from pressed wood veneer, and because of its speed, had no defensive armament.
By using the more available wood in its construction, metal, which was in short supply, would be more available for the war effort. The pressed wood veneer was comparable in strength to metals used to build aircraft at that time, although not as flexible. It was found that the aircraft components could be built by furniture manufacturers under contract to de Havilland. This reduced the manufacturing pressures on the aircraft industry which were primarily producing metal aircraft.
The de Havilland Mosquito carried the payload of a medium bomber. It could out run and out climb early Spitfires. Eventually, the aircraft would be used as a night fighter, fighter/bomber, maritime strike aircraft, bomber escort, and for photo reconnaissance.
In September of 1941, de Havilland Mosquito aircraft were first deployed for photo reconnaissance. Shortly thereafter, on November 15, 1941, No. 105 Squadron received its first Mosquito bomber.
In January of 1942, Mosquito night fighter aircraft, equipped with Airborne Interception radar, were first deployed. They were armed with four 20 mm cannons. In addition to night fighting, the aircraft flew daylight missions as fighter bombers.
In late 1942 and early 1943 de Havilland Mosquito aircraft began their use as “Pathfinders”. They were equipped with radio transponder “Oboe” navigation that enabled them to more accurately mark targets for night time strategic bombing. The Mosquito was ideally suited for this task due to its ability to climb high enough to receive “Oboe” line of sight transmissions at long distances.
The most produced de Havilland Mosquito variant was as a fighter bomber. In addition to carrying bombs, it was used for maritime strike when equipped with underwing rockets.
From June of 1942 de Havilland Mosquito aircraft were used to intercept German V-1 “buzz bombs”. By the time the War ended, Mosquito aircraft had downed a total of 428 German V-1's.
A modified de Havilland Mosquito became the first twin engine British aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier on March 25, 1944. This led to the development of the Sea Mosquito which became operational with the Royal Navy in 1946.
A high altitude version of the de Havilland mosquito, the NF Mk 30, was introduced in June of 1944. Not only did it escort British bombers into Germany, it was also deployed as a night intruder aircraft, attacking German air fields at night.
After the War, de Havilland Mosquito aircraft were exported throughout the world, including some 250 fighter bomber and training aircraft to Nationalist China.
A total of some 7,780 de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of all types were built from 1940 through 1950.
de Havilland Mosquito
The de Havilland Mosquito from Mick Reeves Models has a 100 in. wingspan and weighs about 24 lbs. Its construction is all epoxy with outer wood wing panels and tail. It can be powered by two 90 to 1.50 engines or two Tornado C6354 200 kV electric motors.
Flair Models has the de Havilland Mosquito with a 73 in wingspan and 52 1/2 in. length. Its fuselage is glass fibre with wooden outer wings and tail. Power can come from two .40 to .52 two stroke engines. Weight is around 11 1/2 lbs.
Tony Nijhuis Designs has plans and a short kit of a de Havilland Mosquito. It has a 72 in. wingspan and is 55 in. long. Two 4-Max motors are recommended to power the all wood model. All up weight should be approximately 14 lbs.