Stewart Charman, the Director of Communications of The People's Mosquito has just issued the following statement in response to several recent questions posed by Members of the Forum.
"The People's Mosquito were offered the wing jigs by the owner, and it would have been foolish to turn down the opportunity to secure such an valuable asset. We’ll be bringing them back to the UK as soon as we can, along with our wing ribs, which are already complete.
Following the launch of our targeted fundraising campaign this month, we will continue to work with Retrotec to advance our UK-build plan, the advantages of which greatly outweigh any challenges. To this end, Guy Black of Retrotec, the world renowned aircraft restorers, will shortly be spending time with TPM's Ross Sharp to discuss our 22,000 plus collection of Mosquito drawings, and advanced engineering planning for the project. bit.ly/LaunchTPM "
TPM is a charitable organisation (and they are the ones that are responsible for transport). This sort of free-ish to supply services aren't too uncommon. Assistance in prepping the Bristol Freighter for transport, for instance. And when they are no longer free-ish to supply (or within expected support of an airshow for PR purposes, for instance), they don't/stop supply them.
Yes quite strange as the information I got was from someone who was a reliable source but if he was lying has certainly burned his bridges with me. Weird that the UK lads seem to think they are getting a set of wing jigs. Well the main thing is that Avspecs are ticking along as usual.
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.
Correct me if I am wrong but wont this be the only B.IV in existence when finished? The one in Canada KB336(?) is a B.XX from memory, but essentially a Canadian built B.IV as I understand it.
Interesting enough is her history with 618 sqn, and I wonder if they have any of the Hi-Ball equipment...now that would be awesome! Either way, a refreshing change to the FB nosed ones (even though they are my fav's).
We are very lucky to have such talented people building amazing aircraft here in NZ.