Visiting Aircraft - de Havilland DH.98 FB MkVI Mosquito
Come See the "Mosquito" Wednesdays thru Sundays from 10:00am until 4:00pm
Planes of Fame is proud to display a rare, airworthy de Havilland DH.98 FB MkVI "Mosquito". Made available to the museum by the owner, Charles Somers, this aircraft, which is one of only four airworthy examples of the type in the world, is currently on display and visitors can view it up close and take pictures.
The Mosquito was a unique twin-engine bomber developed during World War II. This Mosquito FB MkVI was built at Hatfield, England in 1945. It served as a Royal Air Force training aircraft until its re-assignment to the 75th Squadron in New Zealand as NZ2384. At one time, it is believed that this particular aircraft served the CIA in South America.
Equipped with two extremely powerful, Rolls Royce Merlin engines with over 1,500 horsepower each, it was also unique in that it was constructed mostly of wood. This kept its weight down and made it fast and versatile. These aircraft performed a range of roles during the war, from reconnaissance to fighters to bombers and other special missions during World War II and post-war.
This Mosquito's serial number is PZ474 and was abandoned in 1970. Rod Lewis of Lewis Air Legends restored the aircraft back to airworthiness with it first flight on Janurary 13, 2014, piloted by the Planes of Fame Air Museum's own Steve Hinton at the controls.
We want to give a special thank you to the owner of this DH.98 FB.MkVI "Mosquito", Charles Somers, who has graciously made this aircraft available to us from his Charles Somers Warbird Collection in Sacramento, CA. Through Mr. Somers' generosity, we are able to display this aircraft from November 4 through December 31, 2023 at the Planes of Fame Air Museum.
Don't miss your chance to see this aircraft up close!