The UK-based group known as The People’s Mosquito has been making excellent progress with the rebuild of their deHavilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.36 RL249. Their partner in New Zealand, Aerowood Ltd., is close to completing the manufacture of a set of wing ribs for the project as you will see from the accompanying images. Aerowood, as many of our readers will know, is closely involved with several well-established Mosquito projects currently underway in New Zealand, and the quality of their work is superb.
With the manufacture of wing ribs coming close to completion, Aerowood has begun working on parts for the tail section as well. As you will see from the accompanying images, the assembly of the wing ribs is an involved process requiring precision jigs and a lot of labor. Thankfully, the non-recurring engineering costs associated with manufacturing the jigs has already been covered by previous projects.
The People’s Mosquito has also successfully obtained the all-important charitable status from the Charity Commission in the UK. The People’s Mosquito Ltd. has received the Registered Charity Number 1165903, which will mean that the organization can now more realistically appeal for major sponsorship from potential benefactors as well as support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition to the newly-acquired charitable status, The People’s Mosquito have reserved G-FBVI for RL249 on the British Civil Registry. While RL249 was actually an NF.36 variant, she will emerge from restoration as an earlier FB.VI which is more representative of the type in WWII service.
While this is going to be a complex, not to mention expensive undertaking, any lingering doubts that we may have concerning the viability of the People’s Mosquito should be erased by the considered commitment already demonstrated by the group and the significant results they have already achieved. They have clearly made a thorough evaluation of the requirements and worked out a realistic path forwards to completion, including all of the important inspection processes and paperwork. Time-to-completion will largely depend upon how quickly they can raise the necessary funds of course, and this is where the public can help. Please do visit their website (click HERE), and consider purchasing something from their online store (Click HERE) or making a donation (click HERE) to this eminently worthy project! WarbirdsNews will be sure to keep our readers informed of their progress.