Plane's first flight in 16 years
Sat, 29 Sep 2012 6:12p.m.
By David Farrier
Thousands of plane enthusiasts looked on today as a World War II Mosquito fighter-bomber took to the air – the first time a Mosquito has flown in 16 years.
The plane was flown by many Kiwi pilots, and some of them came to see today's flight.
The Mosquito was one of the fastest aircraft during World War II, its frame made almost entirely from wood, leading to its nickname, the Wooden Wonder.
Gordon Hargroves last flew one in 1945.
“[It is] very moving, emotional,” he says. “That's where I sat.”
Over the past seven years, the model has been rebuilt from the ground up – the first of its kind to be restored for flight.
“It stands the hairs up on the back of your neck,” says AV Specs director Warren Denholm. “And the noise and not seeing one before, I've only seen them in black and white! This is the first time I've seen one in colour.”
John Beeching flew the planes during 1944 and 1945. It's been a while since he sat in one.
“It seems to be much higher than it was 70 years ago!” he says.
It's his 89th birthday next month, but this was an early present.
“I flew 57 different Mosquitoes during in the last war. And I never bent any or scratched any.”
So as other planes and formations flew over Ardmore, the Mosquito continued to be the focus on the ground and in the air.
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16/02/2013 9:21:35 p.m.
^this inferno was one of a series of Allied attacks carried out against Hamburg in late July 1943, leaving roughly 45,000 people dead, including 21,000 women and 8,000 children. In addition, 1.2 million refugees left the city in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, many of them mentally and physically scarred. One distraught mother was found to be carrying her dead infant in her suitcase.
11/02/2013 7:50:36 p.m.
Some folks just need to grow up.
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26/01/2013 9:14:26 p.m.
The Mosquitoes were great for residential bombing and strafing little blonde girls and women civilians.By 1941 Germany was shooting down as many allied "terror bombers"aircrew as German civilians could be incinerated by the MosquitoesNot sure its good to glorify it though?Should we restore mustard gas cannisters and incendiaries? napalm cannisters and dioxin tanks?
27/12/2012 6:12:12 p.m.
jack chan wrote:
this is a query. Please advise how one could view the Mosquit, static display or in flight. I'm a visitor from Wellington. I had previoud connection with the plane in ww2.
30/09/2012 10:19:17 p.m.
What a beautiful plane. Well done to everyone involved.
30/09/2012 12:15:53 p.m.
Judy Albrey wrote:
What an amazing sight. A real buzz
30/09/2012 10:28:41 a.m.
MALCOLM REED wrote:
Superb.Take my hat off to all those involved in this restoration.Simply amazing.
30/09/2012 9:31:57 a.m.
David Wincote wrote:
Well done,all the people who restored the Mossie,Fantastic!!
29/09/2012 7:31:23 p.m.
Nice one. NZ has done it again. It takes a "kiwi" to do something like this. Nz has an early aviation history that rivels the wright brothers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_PearseThe enthusiasim continuse .
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