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Mosquito aircraft – DH98 Mosquito

One of the best-known aircrafts of the Second World War was the de Havilland Mosquito, known to many as "Mossie", was produced from 1941 until well after the end of the war in Great Britain, Canada and Australia.

The de Havilland Mosquito was constructed primarily of plywood with a balsa wood core and had an excellent speed, altitude and range. The D.H.98 was based on the all-wood D.H. 91 Albatross, and the all-metal D.H. 95 Flamingo transports.
This aircraft was built in different variants and used primarily as a bomber, fighter-bomber or night-fighter, with reconnaissance and trainer variants also available. The Mosquito was initially designed as an unarmed, high-speed bomber. By dispensing with defensive armament the size, weight and drag of the aircraft could be greatly reduced. It was assumed that the resulting small, fast aircraft bomber would be almost impossible to intercept. In fact, on its introduction to service, the Mosquito aircraft was about as fast as the front-line German fighters that opposed it. Mossie had two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, was able to reach speed of around 380 mph (612 km/h) and had a range of around 1600 miles (2700 km). The Mosquito bomber version could carry up to 2000 lb (907kg) bomb load.
Attacking convoys, enemy bombers and fighters along with inbound supply trains, the Mosquito proved its worth.
Totally 7781 DH98 Mosquitoes were built (including 1034 built in Canada and 212 built in Australia) that served in Europe, the Middle and Far East and on the Russian front.


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