The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust (MPT), which aims to return a de Havilland Mosquito to UK skies, has announced both a tie-up with the Duxford-based Aircraft Restoration Company (ARC) and the identity of the airframe it has selected.
The aircraft in question is a Mosquito T43, built originally for the Royal Australian Air Force as serial A52-1054 but soon transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force as NZ2308. It has been rebuilt to date by Glyn Powell in New Zealand, and will be completed and returned to airworthy status there with Avspecs at Ardmore before being brought to the UK. The aircraft is presently 50 per cent complete.
Design authority oversight will be provided by ARC as part of the arrangement announced in late July. Both the trust and ARC are well advanced in preparations with the UK CAA to meet the necessary airworthiness requirements. ARC will also provide flight-test and validation programme services before the aircraft comes to the UK, and will continue to be responsible for flying standards and pilot services once the Mosquito is operational, as well as conducting all maintenance requirements. The MPT is looking into the prospect of basing NZ2308 at Duxford.
Completion of the airframe is anticipated to take place within 24 months. “With the support and generosity of the public”, says the MPT, it “is confident a Mosquito will return to the skies over Britain in 2020.”
For more information, visit www.thewoodenwonder.org.uk or see the forthcoming September issue of Aeroplane, out in mid-August.