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Limited Opportunities Remain with Mosquito at Oshkosh
July 1, 2015 – With the rare de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito confirmed to be a part of the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, there are still a few unforgettable opportunities for warbirds enthusiasts to experience the aircraft and support its trip to Oshkosh.
There is only a week remaining to reserve one of the experiences offered by the group bringing the airplane to Oshkosh. It includes everything from prime seating for the Mosquito’s Warbirds in Review session on July 21 to the unique ability to sit in on the airplane’s engine run during the week. Each of these options allows warbird fans to support the airplane’s presence at EAA AirVenture.
“The Mosquito team has dedicated themselves to bring the airplane to Oshkosh and wanted to provide fans of this legendary aircraft with opportunities to have something memorable and unique during this appearance,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates EAA AirVenture features and attractions.
The aircraft, operated by the Military Aviation Museum of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and flying after a multi-year restoration by Avspecs in New Zealand, is expected to arrive on Monday, July 20 – EAA AirVenture’s opening day – and be on display throughout the week. The aircraft is also expected to fly in various warbird shows during the week. It means that two Mosquito aircraft will be in Oshkosh at the same time, as a similar bomber is on non-flying display at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
According to Royal Air Force (RAF) history, the Mosquito was very close to never being built. Geoffrey de Havilland’s original proposal for a bomber made of wood (to save valuable metal for armaments and other war needs) received only reluctant approval, so much so that the de Havilland company funded the prototype’s construction from its own resources.
After its first flight in November 1940, the airplane’s speed and fighter-like handling quickly made it popular for all types of missions. With the development of high-accuracy bombing aids, the Mosquito became known for its ability to destroy a target with less bomb tonnage than larger Allied bombers.
The Mosquito’s appearance adds to the world’s largest annual gathering of vintage military aircraft at Oshkosh each year. More than 300 warbirds are again expected at EAA AirVenture, with flying demonstrations through the week including special extended shows on July 23-25.