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Old 12-26-2012, 07:34 AM   #1
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Default WWII Mosquito flys again.......!

I know this isn't Corvette, but there's a lot of us who love the old war birds and the restorations thereof. This Mosquito took 5 years to restore, and it flew yesterday for the first time, as is the only flying Mosquito in the world, according to the author. Go big screen, the photography and scenery is beautiful.

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:56 AM   #2
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Way cool my uncle would love it
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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There's certainly no mistaking the sound of a pair of V12s or even one, flying overhead. I LOVE that sound!

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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All right - strap your *** into some plywood and fabric and away you go! Mosquitos were neat aircraft. A fast two-seater interceptor. It and the Spitfire were two classic designs.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:40 AM   #6
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Makes me want to watch 633 Squadron, again.

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:45 AM   #7
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Great plane for sure
Saw a tv program about the plane and strange that it is all wood

It is not so very much holding the wings in place if i remember right

Did the Mosquito use the same Rolls Royce Merlin engines as the Spitfire and P-51 Mustang?

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:17 PM   #8
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Great plane for sure
Saw a tv program about the plane and strange that it is all wood

It is not so very much holding the wings in place if i remember right

Did the Mosquito use the same Rolls Royce Merlin engines as the Spitfire and P-51 Mustang?
Yup, twin Merlins made it very fast,(632kph) faster than the fighters of that time....read all about it.....

http://ca.search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0...t/mosquito.htm
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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Yeah yeah... but this baby did 870 Km/h
Click the image to open in full size.

And if you like "all wood", how about the Heinkle He-162
Click the image to open in full size.
It was made from "non-strategic" materials (I think it had some sheet metal, but mostly plywood and such, except for the jet) and set a record that still stands today... Drawing board to flying in 90 days.

Course, it ONLY did 750 Km/hr
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Magnificent! The only thing better than a Rolls Merlin is a PAIR of Rolls Merlins!
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:16 PM   #11
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For those of you with too much money and time when you come down to NCRS end of next month: http://www.warbirdadventures.com/. Right there in Kissimmee!

I did a warbirds aerobatic ride in Fredericksburg, VA years ago and it's definitely one of those "bucket list" things.

And Kermit Week's "Fantasy of Flight" near Lakelad is certainly worth the drive.

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:46 PM   #12
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My Father was a 30yr Air Force mechanic - and for fun, he was a member of the Confederate Air Force (CAF) - it is now known as the Commemorative Air Force.

I used to help him with the maintenance of the airplanes, and I had several opportunities to fly in a few of the birds of the Southern Minnesota Wing.

The B-25 was loudest thing I have ever been in.

Whenever someone mentions the sound of freedom - this is what I think it sounds like




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Old 12-26-2012, 02:27 PM   #13
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Very nice video of the only flying Mosquito.

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JohnZ Magnificent! The only thing better than a Rolls Merlin is a PAIR of Rolls Merlins!
Or four merlins like the Avro Lancaster bomber had.

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:30 PM   #14
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I was at an air show a waaaay long time ago.. on the Ft Lauderdale Beach.

Mr Weeks flew by in a B-24(?), opened the bombay doors, and dropped a load of melons into the water.

AWESOME!
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:33 PM   #15
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I did a warbirds aerobatic ride in Fredericksburg, VA years ago and it's definitely one of those "bucket list" things.
I took my dad on two of those here in Galveston - a B17 and a B25.

Ride along with me in the B25:
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Yeah yeah... but this baby did 870 Km/h
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And melted the pilot on bad days....
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Pilot meltin' was more of a Me 163 Thing...
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Basically, a flying Rocket. Just enough fuel for a few bomber formation passes, then glided on home.

But hey... 1,123 km/h.. almost twice as fast as a Mosquito

Here is a neat list of Ranked WW2 Fighters by speed... they had to include "theoretical" aircraft, and stuff that wasn't ready to use in theater to get Allied planes in the top 15 or so.
Neat nonetheless
http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircr...d-by-speed.asp

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Pilot meltin' was more of a Me 163 Thing
Ack, of course you are right. Head-up-ma-buttess syndrome is affecting me today.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:08 PM   #19
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For you guys additional enjoyment.
I posted this reply on forum for Tom Parsons back in Sept when plane first flew.

http://tinyurl.com/c744grt
Post #10

The first link in post (from local TV) has a couple of fast low flybys.
00.48 is Jerry Yegans owner
01:19 is test pilot (I think his day job is flying for Cathy Pacific !!)
01:40 is guy who was in charge of the rebuild Warren Denholm)

All the scenery and footage you see in first post this thread, is in and around Waikato river & inland waterways around New Zealands largest city Auckland.

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Up until today I was would have believed that all Mosquitos had a control yoke. This particular model has a stick.
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