Good to see that progress is being made on another of De Hav's finest. If it's for FHC, then that's fine but the secrecy thing seems a bit daft in this day and age. I mean what's to be gained? Having said that, I fully understand the reluctance, for purely professional reasons, of anyone at AVSPECS to either comment or get involved in that stuff. Personally, I found the help, information and access at Ardmore in both viewing KA114 and talking to those involved in her rebuild, to be a breath of fresh air and I remain extremely grateful for the time I had there.
I was lucky enough to grow up with RR299 based at Broughton, just a couple of miles from my home and as an apprentice at British Aerospace as it became, I was lucky enough to do some menial work on the aircraft, allowing me to sit in her and take in the smell of 50 plus years of wood, leather and hydraulic oil...*closes eyes* Weekends in the Summer would allow me the spectacle of her returning from shows and practising over the airfield. First aircraft I ever photographed
Please can we have the next one, after this, for the UK?? It's the warbird I would love to see fly more than any other...
Then I think New Zealand should have one, if only for recognition of the efforts of all involved in returning these beautiful machines to the air, but mostly for the remembrance of those who took the Mossie on the mission it was designed for.
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Post by keroburner on Mar 21, 2015 14:20:29 GMT 12
Isn't the intention of 'The People's Mosquito' project to fill the void left in UK skies for the wooden wonder?
I also think it's just a sign of the times we live in these days where owners like to keep their projects under wraps till airworthy. While plenty of people around the world love knowing every time a rivet or pipe is fitted in certain projects, there are others who openly criticise certain airworthy types for being 'data plate' restorations or new made etc. While the Internet age is awesome for keeping up with projects around the world, and seeing awesome airshow shots instantly, it also makes it easy for anyone to be negative or cynical from the safety of their home computer or couch about other people's projects who are spending the big bucks and time and effort doing it. I personally think it's awesome that a lot of wealthy Americans maintain their aircraft collections in museums accessible to the public.
I got to have an up-close look over TV959 last Saturday. She's a looker. Typical MAR/AvSpecs quality inside and out. I can't wait to see her on her wheels, moving, then flying once more! Very strange to see the trainer nosecap after getting so used to the guns on KA114.
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