The People’s Mosquito

The People’s Mosquito

Postby Brevet Cable on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 5:40 pm

I know there was a thread about it some time ago , but I couldn't be bothered to dig it up and resurrect it.

Anyway......from today's VTST newsletter :
Congratulations go to ‘The People’s Mosquito’ team, who have exciting plans to return a De-Havilland Mosquito to the skies of Britain. They have just been awarded Registered Charity status by the Charity Commission. A statement on their website earlier this week gave these details:

The People’s Mosquito is pleased to announce that today we received confirmation from The Charity Commission that our application to become a registered charity has been approved and The People’s Mosquito Ltd. has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1165903.

This new status will present opportunities for the project that will enable The People’s Mosquito to take the next steps in approaching potential sponsors and seeking Heritage Lottery Funding. Although The People’s Mosquito has been a charitable organisation – a Company limited by Guarantee – since July 2012, registration has been a key target for the project to enable us to progress towards achieving our aims.

The objects of the charity are simple: the acquisition and restoration to flight of a De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito aircraft for heritage, conservation and educational purposes. The ongoing maintenance and operation of the aircraft in an airworthy condition and the display of the aircraft to the public.

Late last year, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and The People’s Mosquito (TPM) announced an agreement for collaboration which is being officially formalised over the coming weeks. This will allow our considerable knowledge and experience to be shared for the benefit of both. The confirmation of Registered Charity status for TPM will facilitate the Vulcan to the Sky Trust in working in direct support of TPM. Anticipating a positive reaction from an enthusiastic aviation community, the drive to find funding will move forward and it is hoped that this new status will allow the project to progress in the best possible manner.
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Postby CMS on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 6:40 pm

Long way to go but this does suggest this might just result in a flying Mossie eventually. I guess the VTTS team can help with advice on fundraising and how to promote the charity. Like or loath, VTTS achieved a remarkable feat in getting the Vulcan to return to flight and the Mosquito must be a much cheaper project. Perhaps not so glamorous as the Vulcan but I think this could capture the aviation enthusiast's interest and support. Hope so!
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Postby CJS on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 8:04 pm

Oh I would say it's at least as glamorous :-D

Will love to see a Mosquito in the air again - will certainly (continue to) give to this one.
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Postby Arthur Tee on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 10:19 pm

I'd give to a genuine airframe restoration - but the thought of effectively creating a replica doesn't hold the same appeal. I'm sure others will probably feel the same...

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Postby David Vincent on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 7:15 am

Let's just hope there's enough airshows left by the time they're done for them to display their efforts.
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Postby Rampvan on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 1:26 pm

Wasn't this the project everybody on here was laughing at about 3 or 4 years ago ? well congrats to the team for the progress they have made so far :clap:
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Postby ericbee123 on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 1:44 pm

Like or loath, VTTS achieved a remarkable feat in getting the Vulcan to return to flight and the Mosquito must be a much cheaper


Didn't VTTS start from a largely intact, largely airworthy aircraft. I think they might have had a different prospect to get a Vulcan to flight if they'd started with, say the rusting hulk of a Vulcan that was parked at Blackpool for a number of years. Which would still be more advanced than The Peoples Mosquito are starting from.

Unless something dramatic has happened The Peoples Mosquito have a data plate and a bucket of rusty bolts and plan on building a completely new Mosquito from the data plate ! - apologies if this has changed and they have a Mosquito that has a chance of restoration to flight. Or are least a cockpit or a wing or an engine.
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Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 1:51 pm

Don't know about 'everyone' or 'laughing at' ...... there were , however , a number of questions raised about their methodology & their claims to have an 'aircraft' when all they really had was a number of bits & pieces , and wasn't helped by the reaction from one or two of them when questions were raised.

Three or four years makes a big difference.....in that time they've gotten their act together , sorted out the sourcing of a suitable aircraft & got various outside organisations on-board.

Now all they need to do is kick-off the fundraising appeal ( and presumably apply to the HLF for funding ) and get both the general media and the 'spotters' community on-board , plus interacting with the various aviation fora & newsgroups.
Hopefully then we'll end up with a UK-resident flying Mosquito rather than the current wishful thinking that one of the Aussie ones or Kermit Weeks' will eventually deign to appear here.
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Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 1:52 pm

ericbee123 wrote:Unless something dramatic has happened The Peoples Mosquito have a data plate and a bucket of rusty bolts and plan on building a completely new Mosquito from the data plate ! - apologies if this has changed and they have a Mosquito that has a chance of restoration to flight. Or are least a cockpit or a wing or an engine.

http://www.peoplesmosquito.org.uk/the-plan/
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Postby ericbee123 on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 2:02 pm

Yeah I read the website still shows they plan on building a new aircraft from the data plate.
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Re: The People’s Mosquito

Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 2:20 pm

Which is no different from pretty much every other 'restoration' , then. :lol:
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Postby ericbee123 on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 2:22 pm

I know but I'm in argumentative, repetitive mood this weekend :)
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Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 2:55 pm

:up: :biggrin:
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Postby Rampvan on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 5:11 pm

ericbee123 wrote:Yeah I read the website still shows they plan on building a new aircraft from the data plate.


Well I for one am looking forward to hearing two more Merlins in the air as opposed to whinging that its not real or in a special scheme !!
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Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 5:15 pm

And look on the bright side......they've already said it won't be an NF.36 !! :lol:
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Postby ericbee123 on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 6:26 pm

Rampvan wrote:
ericbee123 wrote:Yeah I read the website still shows they plan on building a new aircraft from the data plate.


Well I for one am looking forward to hearing two more Merlins in the air as opposed to whinging that its not real or in a special scheme !!


Yes. Me too. But I doubt VTTS would have been able to build a Vulcan from scratch from a dataplate. It's good that someone in NZ has the jigs and moulds to build a replica with an original dataplate - sorry a rebuild, not a replica.
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Re: The People’s Mosquito

Postby ErrolC on Mon 14 Mar 2016, 7:53 am

There are not inconsiderable (in relation to the viable restorations) collections of Mosquito parts/spares around, according to Wal Denholm of Avspecs. KA114 has things like ex RNZAF Merlins, and un-issued seats. There is a lot more to a restoration than the fuselage and wing structures.
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Postby Pat Murphy on Mon 14 Mar 2016, 10:33 am

ErrolC wrote:There are not inconsiderable (in relation to the viable restorations) collections of Mosquito parts/spares around, according to Wal Denholm of Avspecs. KA114 has things like ex RNZAF Merlins, and un-issued seats. There is a lot more to a restoration than the fuselage and wing structures.


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Postby timuss on Mon 14 Mar 2016, 8:53 pm

They are working on the Biggin Hill one aren't they???
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Re: The People’s Mosquito

Postby ErrolC on Tue 15 Mar 2016, 4:23 am

There are two active ones at Avspecs for US owners, Glyn Powell's one (as far as I can tell, awaiting funds), and a single announcement about the BHHH one.
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Re: The People’s Mosquito

Postby andygolfer on Fri 13 May 2016, 5:46 pm

I posted this in the Vulcan thread but it's also appropriate here, a snippet from today's Vulcan newsletter:

We are delighted to confirm that ‘The People’s Mosquito’ registered charity and the Vulcan to the Sky Trust have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a new funding drive for the restoration programme that aims to have a De Havilland Mosquito flying in the UK within a matter of years.

This is another crucial step towards ensuring we utilise the skills and knowledge built through the Vulcan XH558 programme by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust to benefit the historic aviation community.


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Re: The People’s Mosquito

Postby CJS on Fri 13 May 2016, 6:38 pm

'within a matter of years' is just about as woolly as a time frame can get. Two? Five? Ten?

Edit - have now read the 558 posts. Mods - do the two need merging now I wonder?
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Re: The People’s Mosquito

Postby andygolfer on Fri 13 May 2016, 6:52 pm

CJS wrote:'within a matter of years' is just about as woolly as a time frame can get. Two? Five? Ten?

Edit - have now read the 558 posts. Mods - do the two need merging now I wonder?


sorry my fault, I posted in both as it was relevant to both. Personally i'd keep them separate at least for now (but I'm not a mod -although I had 4 lambrettas about 40 years ago :smile: ).
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Re: The People’s Mosquito

Postby Timc on Fri 13 May 2016, 6:56 pm

No doubt with all the wing mirrors Andy?! Remember those days. :smile:
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Postby andygolfer on Fri 13 May 2016, 7:18 pm

Timc wrote:No doubt with all the wing mirrors Andy?! Remember those days. :smile:


no it wasn't actually, I never got into that. I had 3 road ones and one I raced on the fields around home (I lived right out in the sticks so no neighbours to disturb). I wish I'd kept them they would be worth a small fortune now.

sorry - I've taken this right off topic now. Merge or keep separate? I still say separate myself.
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