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    Default De Havilland Mosquito

    Nicknamed the wooden wonder the Mosquito was the fastest piston engine fighter aircraft of WWII.

    De Havilland 98 Mosquito F MK 26 KA114

    IMG_0835mDe Havilland 98 Mosquito F MK 26 KA114

    De Havilland 98 Mosquito F MK 26 KA114

    De Havilland 98 Mosquito FB MK 26 KA114

    This aircraft was built in 1945 in Canada and took over seven years to restore to flying condition. I have always loved the shape and sound of the Spitfire but after seeing the Mosquito up close I may have to change my mind...

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    Nice pictures but I have a minor quibble. If you're talking propellor planes, the Mustang was faster at 437 mph. If you're talking fighter planes in WWII, the Me-262 had them all beat (being a jet and all).

    And do they fly these to New Zealand or is there a group that restores them there? If the latter, I'm jealous....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikoyan View Post
    Nice pictures but I have a minor quibble. If you're talking propellor planes, the Mustang was faster at 437 mph. If you're talking fighter planes in WWII, the Me-262 had them all beat (being a jet and all).

    And do they fly these to New Zealand or is there a group that restores them there? If the latter, I'm jealous....
    Yep my mistake, in researching it reached 439mph during testing, and I've edited it to piston engined fighters! We have a coulpe of groups that restore aircraft here and as such we are very spoilt in what we get to see. It is rumouered that there are two more Mosquitos under construction - now that the moulds are available - as well as a number of secret projects! We have some major airshows and at each of these a new aircraft is usually shown to the public before being sent to it's new owners.
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    Perhaps, when talking about great propeller planes, the P-38 might rank among them also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minicooper View Post
    Yep my mistake, in researching it reached 439mph during testing, and I've edited it to piston engined fighters! We have a coulpe of groups that restore aircraft here and as such we are very spoilt in what we get to see. It is rumouered that there are two more Mosquitos under construction - now that the moulds are available - as well as a number of secret projects! We have some major airshows and at each of these a new aircraft is usually shown to the public before being sent to it's new owners.
    I saw 386mph for the Mosquito and 437 for the Mustang. it is possible that it could reach higher speeds than those listed (especially in a dive). At any rate, it is a pretty cool aircraft. I used to have a game based on the Mosquito that I played on my Commodore 64 (yes, yes, that dates me pretty well). Although my favorite of the war would be the Hellcat.

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    This is one of my favorite fighters from World War II, So streamlined and made almost entirely of wood, you really have to appreciate its design! It really was an amazing machine! Able to do mostly everything from reconnaissance (Yay photos!!) to a night bomber role .

    Clearly it was a beast!

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    Very nicely captured!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole View Post
    Very nicely captured!
    Thanks Nicole, it was a great day. When do we get to see some of your pics?
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