Mosquito Flying Demo at Planes of Fame

FB.MkVI Mosquito owned by Charles Somers Warbird Collection. Photo via Planes of Fame
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Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino. California will be featuring a special aircraft on Saturday, November 20, 2021, with the pending visit and aerial demonstration of de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI PZ474. Because of this unusual opportunity to see a rare, airworthy example of Britain’s ‘Wooden Wonder’, the museum is combining their regular “Hangar Talk” presentation with this month’s “Flying Demo Day.”

Charles Somers Warbird Collection’s Mosquito FB Mk.VI PZ474. (Photo via Planes of Fame)

The “Hangar Talk” session will look into the history of the de Havilland Aircraft Company and the role it played in advancing aviation. The discussion will, of course, focus heavily upon the remarkable de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI, which is scheduled to fly following the presentation. As most readers will know, the Mosquito’s light, largely wooden construction coupled with a superbly aerodynamic form and a brace of powerful, Rolls-Royce Merlin engines made the design one of the fastest aircraft of its era. Mosquitos saw action in every combat theatre during WWII, and the type had such enormous versatility that its numerous variants adeptly filled a variety of diverse roles, from radar-equipped night-fighter, to high-speed bomber, to anti-shipping/ground strike, and aerial reconnaissance – not to mention other specialized missions. November 20th at the Planes of Fame Air Museum will indeed be a special opportunity to learn more about this amazing aircraft!

The museum’s doors will open for the event at 10:00 am and the presentation will take place inside the Maloney Hangar from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm. The engine start and taxi will begin at 12:15 pm, with the museum fly-over taking place between 12:20 pm-12:40 pm. Following the flight demonstration, the pilot’s Q & A session will begin just after 12:45 pm.

This presentation is made possible thanks to Mosquito PZ474’s owner, Charles Somers, who has graciously made the aircraft available to Planes of Fame via the Charles Somers Warbird Collection in Sacramento, California. Through Mr. Somers’ generosity, the museum will have this aircraft on display from its arrival (scheduled for November 17th) through November 20th at the Planes of Fame Air Museum. Steven Hinton will be flying the Mosquito at the November 20th event.

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