Close up video with great sound of an iconic WW2 aircraft landing
In 2012 Mosquito KA114 became the world's single airworthy de Havilland Mosquito aircraft when it flew for the first time in Auckland, New Zealand, after an extensive rebuild by AvSpecs. Prior to this there had not been an airworthy Mosquito anywhere in the world for over 17 years, and it seemed very unlikely that (due to the diffficulty in constructing new wooden fuselages) there would ever be another chance to see a Mosquito in the air.However, New Zealander Glyn Powell dedicated many years of his life to recreating a set of moulds necessary to rebuild the fuselage of the aircraft, and these were then used to create a brand new fuselage for KA114. Following WW2 all known moulds had been destroyed, so the ability to utilise Glyn's ones to recreate the complex structure of the Mosquito fuselage has meant that in time we are likley to see more newly restored DH.98's take to the air.
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Subsequent to KA114's restoration, a bomber version of the Mosquito has been restored and flown in Canada, and AvSpecs have completed their second Mosquito restoration (TV959) meaning that there is now a world-wide population of three airworthy DH.98's.