— Centre For Aviation (@centre4aviation) April 18, 2014
Bob Jens’ deHavilland Mosquito B.35 VR796, under long-term rebuild at Victoria Air Maintenance, Ltd. in British Columbia, Canada edged a step closer to flight today. Maintenance staff fueled her tanks for the first time on April 10th in preparation for engine runs, which are set to happen next week. As is common with all airworthy restorations, it usually takes a fair bit of time from first engine runs to first flights, but it is a major milestone on VR796’s journey back into the air. However, it seems likely that we can now measure the time to that happy day in weeks, rather than months, or years now. On April 16th Victoria Air Maintenance Ltd’s Owner & Director of Maintenance Mike Ingram accepted the Mosquito’s Certificate of Airworthiness from Transport Canada Airworthiness Inspectors Mitchell Holmes and Brian Berger.We are all eagerly awaiting her first flight!