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Flying DH Mosquito KA114

Old 27th Oct 2012, 18:40
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Flying DH Mosquito KA114


Here you go! Take a flight in the NZ Mosquito flown in this instance by Dave Phillips, from Ardmore south of Auckland to Auckland and back.

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Old 27th Oct 2012, 19:01
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That was superb, thanks for posting.

The sound of the engines !

What I would do for a flight in a mossie.
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Old 27th Oct 2012, 19:10
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What I would do for a flight in a mossie.
Would you like to meet my sister?
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Old 27th Oct 2012, 19:21
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Very nice !
Could imagine flying one from that. Presume the warning horn was for gear, with the throttles pulled back? Also, why was the Mossie formating on the Spit instead of the other way around? Surely we have learned enough about dissimilar type formations?
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Old 27th Oct 2012, 20:16
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2 seater Spit ,and probably a cameraman...
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OK, wooden rotor chap, that I can discern. But, why is the more agile aircraft leading?
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Thank you. I've just played it full-screen, and with the headphones at full volume. That's my hearing gone for a few hours, but well worth it.
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Spitfire is the two-seater, and was filming the Vampire and Mosquito as they rounded the Sklytower in Auckland [taller than that of Sydney by the way!].

Beeping is due to retarding throttles with undercarriage up.....so I'm told.


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That's a reet picture!
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And the pilot when he is not flying for some foreign airline blasts around the skies here in NZ in his Hunter...... some people have all the luck....
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He was with ANZ for many years. He also test flew the Anson at Nelson.
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 10:05
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Please Mr Phillips can I have a ride?

I don't know why, but I always imagined the Mossie to have a control yoke rather than a stick.

Anyway, wonderful footage!
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 10:47
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Originally Posted by 1.3VStall
I don't know why, but I always imagined the Mossie to have a control yoke rather than a stick.
Both types were fitted depending on type.

IIRC, the FB/NF versions had a fighter style stick, and the B/PR (and maybe T?) versions had yokes.
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Wonderful. Long may she ply the skies.

Now I know what my father experienced. He flew Mossies in WWII, 109 Sqn, RAF Little Staughton, Bedfordshire which was a unit of the Bomber Command Path Finder Force.
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Old 28th Oct 2012, 11:25
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Thanks for this, I've just watched it and it's glorious.
My wife thinks I'm an "anorak" but do I care? no way, I am just glad that there is another piece of history flying.
Well done to all involved
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What engine type is in this bird ? Being an anorak I can only count five exhaust ports, would have expected six per side. Great to see it flying all the same, one of my all time favourites
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I heard that she was coming to the UK next year?

And that BBMF was looking to acquire one, so who would fly that? Surely it must be one of the Bomber boys!
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Originally Posted by Pink Panther
What engine type is in this bird ? Being an anorak I can only count five exhaust ports, would have expected six per side.
RR Merlin 25 I believe.

The 5 stack exhausts are because with the proximity of the rear (of six) stacks to the wooden wing root, RR had to redesign the exhausts, and the rearmost two cylinders have a 2 into 1 siamesed stack arrangement.
On later two stage Merlin engined Mosquitos, the longer nacelles allowed for a normal 6 stack exhaust arrangement.

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Originally Posted by Could be the last?
I heard that she was coming to the UK next year?
Sadly not.

There was a proposal to do so, but only if the restoration had been completed before this year.

The owner confirmed in a recent interview that the Mosquito will be shipped to the USA soon, and there are now no plans to bring the a/c to the UK in the forseeable future.
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