The de Havilland Mosquito was a military aircraft that saw action in World War II with several allied air forces. It was a twin engine aircraft with the pilot and navigator sitting side-by-side. Unorthodox in design, it utilised a wooden structure when such construction was considered outdated. The Mosquito, although originally developed as an unarmed tactical bomber, was mostly used as a fighter due to its speed and agility. Its various roles spanned from nocturnal intercept and intrusion to diurnal long-range fighter-bomber. It was also widely used to mark targets for night-time strategic bombing.
The first Mosquito had its maiden flight only 11 months after design began. That original plane is currently undergoing complete restoration in the Mosquito Aircraft Museum in Hertfordshire, UK.
Units manufactured (1940-1950)