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Thread: Mosquito to Fly at Victoria International Airport, Victoria, BC, Canada

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    Default Mosquito to Fly at Victoria International Airport, Victoria, BC, Canada

    All,
    Just got a note that Victoria Air Maintenance is going to fly their restored Mossie today! Darn. I could have been there!

    Pictures of the project: deHavilland Mosquito Restoration Project

    News of the project: Warbirdsnews.com -Airworthy deHavilland Mosquito Restoration Approaches Completion!

    Hope someone in Victoria gets out to see this. I'll see about capturing any news coverage tonight.

    Mike

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    To bad you missed it. You should come to Alberta we will soon have an over abundance of them

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    You must be very disappointed, Mike. I hope that you can find some news footing.

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    Update.

    Due to technical difficulties, the Mossie didn't fly yesterday. No word on when it will fly, as they try to fix whatever it was.

    So, no news clips to share, yet.

    And no, Darell, despite that your mosquitos need air traffic control, I don't want to experience them. I had enough of them in Manitoba.

    Mike

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    Latest Update:

    The Mossie is now scheduled for first flight on 26 May.

    Hmmm.... I might be on the way back from Enfilade 2014, and be able to catch this? Planning, planning, more money for hotels and food.

    I may have to give up some of my plane budget, though

    Mike

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    Latest news: delayed again. Good thing I didn't stay in Victoria on the way home from Enfilade 2014.

    Mike

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    Default Second Mosquito Flying in the World Today!

    Gentlemen,
    History was made on 16 June 2014 at the Victoria International Airport. "F for Freddie" was test flown by Steve Hinton for about 20 minutes. Some teaser pictures below:

    Pre-flight check:
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    Engine start:
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    Takeoff:
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    First Flight:
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    And then there were two...

    We will be seeing this beauty around the world, I'm sure.

    Mike

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    Great pics Mike. you lucky fellow.
    i will watch out for its appearances with excited interest.
    If Bird watchers who chase rare birds around the countryside are called Twitchers, what are those of us who roam from airfield to airfield in the hope of seeing a rare aircraft in flight?
    Answers on a postcard. Please send to Old Guy 59 B.C.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Lovely pictures! It is good to see the Mosquito is flying.

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    Is there a prettier plane anywhere - I don't think so. Stunning

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    Thumbs up

    Mike

    Great photos! It was a thrill to see fly, i know that felling myself!


    Rich
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    Takeoff:
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    Must have been a nasty crosswind there.... ;)

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    This is a bit of necrothreading, but I think appropriate.

    I finally saw a video of the restored plane, a documentary showing the restoration process and the first few test flights. Worth bringing to your attention, if you haven't see the show already.

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    Youtube.com - Gaining Altitude: The Mosquito Reborn

    I haven't (as of this posting) watched this one, a follow-on of the same plane and team:

    Youtube.com - Gaining Altitude: Flying a De Havilland Mosquito

    PS: More videos and stuff at: GainingAltitudeDocumentary.com
    Last edited by OldGuy59; 09-10-2018 at 21:35.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    And now that I've gone looking for videos related to the above productions, I've found the Calgary Mosquito Society, which has a library of documentaries on several subjects, not just Mosquitos:

    Youtube.com - Calgary Mosquito Society

    Worth a look.

    And with this post, I hit 5,000!
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    And now that I've gone looking for videos related to the above productions, I've found the Calgary Mosquito Society, which has a library of documentaries on several subjects, not just Mosquitos:

    Youtube.com - Calgary Mosquito Society

    Worth a look.

    And with this post, I hit 5,000!
    Thanks for the link Mike & Congrats on the extra Pip!

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    Yes indeed congratulations Mike, and thanks for the link.
    Kyte.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."



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