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Breaking news – Retrotec to deliver UK-built flying Mosquito

Photo: An archive image showing DH Mosquito PR.IX MM249 in 1944. KEY COLLECTION


Further to the article in the current FlyPast, The People’s Mosquito Ltd has announced that it has contracted with Retrotec Ltd to build and test to final airworthiness acceptance, a de Havilland Mosquito FB.VI.

 The agreement will see Retrotec’s engineers given full access to The People’s Mosquito’s unique collection of more than 22,300 original de Havilland technical drawings to assist their work. The announcement means the British-designed and built aircraft can once again be built in the UK, harnessing Retrotec’s restoration expertise, complemented by experienced engineering consultants from New Zealand.

Under the expert guidance of Guy Black, Retrotec has established a reputation for delivering some of the most authentic aircraft restorations in the world over the past 30+ years. The business, which is fully accredited by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, offers services including design, parts manufacture and reconstruction of complete aircraft, all delivered by highly experienced engineers.

Retrotec’s recent restoration highlights include a Sopwith Pup, Hawker Fury and two Hawker Nimrods, all currently on display at IWM Duxford, as are restorations of two 1918 de Havilland DH9 bombers. Guy said: “I am delighted that Retrotec has been chosen to carry out this exciting challenge and I wish TPM the very best of luck in raising the necessary funds to enable this to happen.”

“From the outset, Retrotec was top of our list,” explained John Lilley, Managing Director of The People’s Mosquito. “We share a passion for returning a de Havilland Mosquito to UK skies, but we also want to celebrate and raise awareness of what an outstanding example of British aeronautical design this aircraft was; an aircraft that was built by small enterprises up and down the country. What better way to celebrate that unique heritage than to showcase British engineering at its best today.”




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