Mossie Bites—The People’s Mosquito now has a journal
TPM—The People’s Mosquito (the unique and noble project to build a World War II era de Havilland Mosquito for flight BUT which is in the public trust)—continues to grow in steady well-planned and executed steps. The latest of which is Mossie Bites: the quarterly journal of The People’s Mosquito Club. TPM is led by educated, experienced and professional people, not by a unilateral financially well of business person. It is a by-the-people-for-the-people operation who have the inspiration to build a new de Havilland Mosquito using original plywood molds and identifier plate—hence a new-old airplane as opposed to a faithful reproduction. There are now a pair of Mosquitos flying and one that could be prepared to do so but all are owned privately and are original World War II aircraft. They suffer the paradigm of being wanted to be seen in flight yet the thought of crashing a World War II artifact is almost as horrifying as the thought of the souls on board being harmed. Not to mention that each aircraft’s fate is in the hands of a single person. Though each person is an excellent citizen the fate of each aircraft could be in serious legal jeopardy in case of death or incapacitation—we’ve seen it before.
TPM’s Mossie would solve the above and lend another solution to layer into the welcome private flying examples. The TPM Mossie would be original yet not a veteran. The TPM Mossie would be in the public trust and managed by a professional organization loyal first to citizens. The de Havilland Mosquito is an excellent design which served during WW II in a more than distinguished fashion—whether flying unarmed and unafraid on recce missions to nocturnal interceptions over hostile European skies to daring commando-like bombing missions into Fortress Europe. Her main defense and offense was her speed as well as her grace and it is hard to imagine the Allied victory without this “Wooden Wonder” on their side.
The Mossie Bites inaugural issue relates how the wing rib construction goal has been attained and what is next in store. There is also a story of an inspired reconstruction in a special museum of the UK. Download the PDF from the provided link and entertain donating, joining, or shopping (a lot of cool stuff in that one). Join this unique, noble adventure and be part of a public thing bigger than yourself—it is rewarding as well as inspirational!