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.
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
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