The Revival Of A De Havilland Mosquito | Gaining Altitude – The Mosquito | Spark

Gaining Altitude: The Mosquito Reborn tells the story of a Mossie through archival footage and interviews with veteran pilots. We follow the incredible process of restoring a plane that hasn’t flown in more than 50 years. And, we’ll take to the skies with the world’s only known flying original Mosquito.

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  1. in the summer of 1973 (I was 16) my mate's dad invited me to an air display at Hawker Siddeley Hatfield England. He was employed there as a sheet metal worker in the pressing plant. They had on display a flying Mosquito which I recall had been built at the Hatfield factory during 1944. it was an amazing sight and sound both when parked and during its flying display.

  2. Could we have a brand new Mosquito built from glass and carbon fibre with turbo prop engines?

  3. On May 2-3 1945, in perhaps the last raid of the European war, 179 Mosquitoes plus some other aircraft, attacked shipping off Kiel. Yes,179.

  4. In the 60's we had a Mossie perspex nose cone in our garden. My Dad got fed up of seeing it, i think he dumped it in a local canal!
    One of my fellow flight instructors was a Mossie pilot, he told us a few tales.

  5. I worked on a programme about German night fighters back around 1999. . I asked some of the old boys what frightened them. They replied Mosquitos and Mustangs.

  6. Steve Hinton has more time in WW II Aircraft and I have followed some of his tests of different aircraft. The Mosquito aircraft is a thing of beauty. I hope she flies on forever.

  7. This was very cool I had no clue this thing was right in my back yard thanks for posting this

  8. Haa Wilbur Finnigan / soaringtractor and his 15 other sad senile accounts have given the thumbs down !!!

    1. GARY! How are you ol'man. Good point, but I thought it was spelled Wailbur Flacidface /Soreasstractor

  9. what an absolutely beautiful machine , and bringing joy to the men who flew them is priceless , thank you so much for getting another wooden wonder airborne again , we owe you a debt of gratitude , beautiful just beautiful ….
    Shaun.

  10. What a wonderful aeroplane and thanks to the dedication and skill of those who transformed 'F' for Freddy from a stripped hulk into a thing of beauty Thank you all.

    1. F for Freddie was toasted by Briggs in 1945!! Toasted himself and burnt LR503 completely – being a cowboy – nobody's going to restore that aircraft!

  11. I would have loved to ask Steve Hinton how it compared to a P38. I saw him flying one of those at an airshow in California a few years ago now.

  12. Built in Canada? The americans will be claiming it to be an american aircraft nexr. If they haven't done so already.

    1. They were built under license at the Toronto site in Ontario Canada After the war the Toronto Site designed and built the Chipmunk,Carribo, Beaver, Otter, Twin Otter, Buffallo ,dash 7 and dash 8 series of Aircraft. The Amerinans hold many Supplementary Type Certificates on de Havilland products but not the Original Type Cerificate for the Mosquitoe

  13. I have a Mosquito (RC) hanging on my wall in my living room. Love the aircraft and sometimes when flying my Jabiru imagine what it would be like to have that much speed and power at my control? Awesome documentary.

  14. Thanks for the video,My Dad was involved with the making the wooden frames for the first prototype,very proud

    1. Or tongue in cheek, “The Balsa Bomber” the rumour was they were built with Balsa wood. I lived near Hatfield in “those” days.

  15. What a great documentary, no loud pointless music. Plenty of history and to see the people who actually flew the plane in anger was great production. Maybe a little more detail of the work involved getting it back in the air would have been nice?
    But overall a great way to spend an hour watching one of my favourite planes being brought back to flying condition.

  16. Mossies were used by 87 Sqn RAAF as PR aircraft in the Pacific. Then after the war also used for extensive aerial survey of Australia, Fiji and New Guinea.

  17. My father used to build them at De Havilland's in Hatfield… in fact he was foreman on the job building the very first one….

    1. i went to the museum there a couple of years ago, amazing place as you can chat to the people restoring one and i even spoke to an ex pilot….made my day :-).

  18. This is a very good documentary. And it's wonderful to see and hear the Mossie fly again…

  19. thanks guy's, I really enjoyed this – my grandfather jim " red " Gill flew stirlings & lancasters during ww 2 with 149 " East india sqn " I remember hearing stories that he always wanted to fly these, now i know why. he got his wings in Canada

  20. 50 years to restore? The original was designed and flown in 11 months… Don't let the cowboys fly it, like Briggs in LR503 it'll end up rooted

  21. So despite all the superlative acolades no one realises it's greatest feature? It was BIODEGRADABLE …. and only 70 years ahead of it's time. Name another plane thats biodegradable …. anywhere

  22. Many years ago I worked with a fellow who was involved with building Mosquitoes,
    he had moved to wooden ship building.

  23. I do not believe this, I was living at Lossiemouth in 1954. My Dad was a helicopter pilot with the Fleet Air Arm based there. As a kid I played all over these aircraft that were sitting out in the open at the back of the base. In fact I souvenired a compass of one. My Dad was not impressed & he took it back. He did explain that these planes were going to Canada to do aerial mapping & that what I did was not really the thing to do. Ah some great memories.

  24. Bit confused. Their web site says this mosquito took to the skies in 2014 so is this an old news story or is there another mossie just taken to flight

  25. The video cuts off just as the Mossie is about to pass. Twice they deprive us of the special sound of two Merlins and that's their special magic.

  26. Herman Goering was really irritated by these wonder weapons, and even praised British Engineering
    Oddly they later bombed the German HQ while he was making a broadcast, for me the greatest moment was Operation Jericho, and visiting Amiens 75 years later and seeing the marks from the damage was a satisfying and moving moment

  27. That hangar looks exactly how a vintage hangar should look. To the uninitiated it looks like chaos, but once you're standing among the aircraft everything makes logical sense.

  28. these beauts were built in a lot of places, rebuilt in aus, cos the british glue wouldn't hold up in the tropics, but geez once done! thank you geoffery de havilland!

  29. When I saw the title I had a hunch it would be the one at Point Cook. I remember seeing the fuselage in the workshops when my dad took me there as a little kid.

  30. 14:47 – "It toook only two people to lift half the fuselage off the mold." And there's at least 8 people lifting it off the mold when he says that, and it looks like a lot less than "half the fuselage."

  31. Disagree with the comment that it can be regarded as the first MRCA. That honour goes to the WW1 Bristol F2. Fighter, Light bomber, reconaisance and communications operations in 1917.

  32. A 400 mph, WWII plane made of wood. Amazing even today; back then, stupendous.

  33. Wow, I saw the first one they rebuilt in New Zealand and thought that was amazing, but as they said the wings and fuselage are new, some of the metal work is original. But this one is special restored not re-manufactured , long may she fly.

    1. Russell Osborne all flying mosquitos now are remanufactured none of them are restored as the wood won’t survive

  34. Note to all warbird (prop) doc makers: do not include music in your audio. Let the sound of the Merlins be the bloody music. Captain Obvious out.

  35. The DeHavilland museum at London Colney UK has 3 mosquitos in one building one of them is the original prototype