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    Default OT: Mosquito flies again. The only one.

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    Another flash back! The Mozzie!
    In my boyhood, every school kid new the outline and sound of every aircraft, friend or foe, usually the first words were, 'Is it one of ours' ?
    There was the story of the mosquito being a death trap if you had to bail out in a hurry, you exited straight into a prop!.
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    Here is a run-down on the Brit "Mosquito".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito_bomber

    Here is a Brit similar air-craft:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Beaufighter

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    Thanks Evan
    I question the claim as the only one airworthy.
    Kermit Weekes has his at Oshkosh and there is one sitting at Victoria Air Service almost ready to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxHeadRoom View Post
    There was the story of the mosquito being a death trap if you had to bail out in a hurry, you exited straight into a prop!.
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    That sounds odd, the props are actually well forward.

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    The biggest advantage of the Mosquito is that it was the first stealth bomber in respect of radar. The early radar was low frequency and required large expanses of sheet metal to reflect a strong enough signal to be detectable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFMiller View Post
    Thanks Evan
    I question the claim as the only one airworthy.
    Kermit Weekes has his at Oshkosh and there is one sitting at Victoria Air Service almost ready to go.
    Dave
    Kermit's hasn't flown for years. The wood has deteriorated too badly to be airworthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artful Bodger View Post
    That sounds odd, the props are actually well forward.
    If you notice 40sec into the clip, the pilot door seems well forward?
    I never saw it confirmed but it circulated widely at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxHeadRoom View Post
    Another flash back! The Mozzie!
    In my boyhood, every school kid new the outline and sound of every aircraft, friend or foe, usually the first words were, 'Is it one of ours' ?
    There was the story of the mosquito being a death trap if you had to bail out in a hurry, you exited straight into a prop!.
    Max.
    In this part of the world during WW2 the USAF P38 "Lightning" was called/alleged to be the "pilot killer" if he bailed out and was hit by the rear tail-plane which extended between two booms:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P38_Lightning



    Something like the Brit "Vampire"/"Sea Venom" - which were not so dangerous when the pilot and navigaror ejected.



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Vampire

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    A Mosquito could fly the same bomb load to Berlin as a B-17 bomber with only two on board instead of 10 or more and had a very much lower casualty rate. After the war a new version was built called the Hornet. It can be distinguished by the propellers being forward of the nose of the plane. They served in Malaya during the communist insurgency but suffered badly from rot.
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