The de Havilland Mosquito

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The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was one of the fastest and most versatile aircraft of the Second World War. One of the first multi-role aircraft, it was used for reconnaissance and as a fighter, fighter-bomber, night fighter and interceptor. In this book, David Ogilvy, one of the last surviving pilots to have flown Mosquitos operationally, provides an expert inside story of the secret development of the aircraft, the astonishing impact it made when first flown, its operational achievements, handling qualities and the many design developments that took it from quicksilver photographic reconnaissance aircraft to long-range bomber and pathfinder. The author shows how the Mosquito's main defence was its speed and agility. Built from plywood and powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, it could fly higher than enemy air defences and could out-pace even the fastest enemy fighters. As preparations are made to bring a working Mosquito back to Britain from New Zealand, this book is a worthy testament to one of the most remarkable British military aircraft.


David Ogilvy served in the Royal Air Force for six years, flying a range of aircraft, including the Tiger Moth, Mosquito and Meteor. After leaving the RAF, he spent fourteen years in pilot training and became Chief Instructor of the Air Schools group, with responsibility for three establishments. In 1951, David Ogilvy became general manager of the Shuttleworth Collection and in 1967 he was a founding member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Association (AOPA). He is also vice-president of the Historic Aircraft Association and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.