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de Havilland Mosquito Intruder

The de Havilland Mosquito The de Havilland Mosquito had a unique design and was made entirely out of wood. Its primary defense was its speed.

The Mosquito was first proposed in 1939 to the British Air Ministry, but was rejected. F/Lt Alf green and P/O Jock Taylor.Later in December 1939, de Havilland was authorized to produce a prototype, which was first test flown on 25 November 1940. The prototype of the Canadian Mosquito had its first flight on 23 September 1942.

The de Havilland Mosquito was built with two 1,300-horsepower Packard Merlin 33 engines and could carry 1,815 kilograms of bombs. A lithograph of a painting by R. C. Beaussart.When the first Mosquito flew, it was faster than any other aircraft of the time, a distinction it held for over two years. It designed for many roles, and could be a bomber, fighter or interceptor.

By the end of the war, Canada had produced 1,031 Mosquitoes and after the war, approximately 100 more Mosquitoes were produced.


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