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Mossie's in South Africa after WWII

Old 19th Nov 2005, 11:00
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Mossie's in South Africa after WWII

We have a Mossie hanging from the roof of the SA War Museum -Johannesburg, so not much can be seen from below.

It is known that Mossie's soon broke up in flight in the dry air hence their rapid withdrawal from flying in the SA Air Force.

No wonder too as it obviously put major stresses on the airframe at the speeds attainable.

Anyone have some specs on it ?
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Old 25th Nov 2005, 22:40
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Carel Birkby in his book Dancing the Skies suggests that....some administrative genius decided that they (the SAAF Mossies) were not really suitable for aerial photographic survey and mapping and thought C-47 Dakotas would do better. Their death sentence followed an unnecessary tragedy. This was the death of Colonel Laurie Wilmot, one of the toughest and most relentless of fighter pilots to emerge in the campaigns in East Africa, the Western Desert and Italy..........Back in Pretoria in peacetime he felt the urge one day to take up a Mosquito and feel how it flew. For all his experience he did not know the technique for pulling a Mosquito out of a steep dive.....'

Here's some more on your lovely bird

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atbwww.mossie.org/LR480.htm
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Old 26th Nov 2005, 04:32
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Thanks for excellent link

The Mossie link is well worthwhile visiting -many thanks !


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