Only flying de Havilland Mosquito coming here next June
By Mark Newman, News Staff
It’s being called a major coup for the Hamilton Air Show.
The 2013 Father’s Day weekend spectacle will feature the only de Havilland Mosquito in the world that is still flying.
“This will be the star of attraction of the air show,” said Al Mickeloff, marketing manager of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, which brought the air show back two years ago.
The visiting Mosquito was originally built at de Havilland Aircraft in Toronto during the Second World War.
It was recently restored to flying condition in New Zealand by Jerry Yagen of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
“They have rebuilt all the wooden pieces,” Mickeloff said. “It’s almost like a new aircraft.”
Known as the Wooden Wonder, the twin-engine fighter bomber was built almost entirely from wood.
Light, fast and maneuverable, the Mosquito was used in a variety of areas including as a sub hunter, night-time interceptor and a pathfinder where it marked targets for larger night-time bombers.
It was also used for medium and low altitude missions attacking factories, railways and other enemy targets.
Mickeloff said air show spectators will see the Mosquito fly in formation with the Avro Lancaster along with a Spitfire and Hurricane.
A now retired Florida-based Mosquito performed at the 1990 air show.
The 2013 air show runs June 15 and 16.
One June 14 the aircraft will be featured at a special museum event featuring a group of former Mosquito pilots including Hamilton resident George Stewart.
Also confirmed for the air show are the Royal Canadian Air Force Snow Birds.
See www.hamiltonairshow.com for more information.