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Mosquito Aircraft Unveiled
The Mosquito, many of which were based at Suffolk airfields during the war, was unveiled at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.
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Following an extensive restoration programme by a skilled team of staff and volunteers, the Imperial War Museum Duxford rolled out its newly restored wartime de Havilland Mosquito aircraft. It was unveiled in the presence of the former Mosquito aircrew from all over the region.
The Mosquito has a long association with the East Anglian region. Many were based at airfields across Suffolk and Norfolk during the Second World War. Most were built at Hatfield, some of the aircraft were built in Luton, on what is now part of Luton Airport.
Duxford’s Mosquito, TA719, is one of only 33 left in the world from a total of nearly 8,000 which were built. The Mosquito is one of the greatest ever combat aircraft and served in the Royal Air Force in a variety of roles including bomber, night-fighter and ‘spyplane’. It was, until 1944, the world’s fastest combat aircraft and was in RAF service from 1941 to 1953.
TA719 rolled off the production line as the Second World War drew to a close and was placed in storage for 6 years. The aircraft will take its place in Duxford’s new £24 million pound AirSpace exhibition set to open in 2007.
last updated: 22/10/2008 at 10:25
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