Australian-built de Havilland Mosquito T.43, A52-1054/NZ2308, seen in Glyn Powell’s workshop in Auckland on February 10. John Rayner
De Havilland Mosquito “guru” Glyn Powell has put his Australian-built Mosquito T.43, A52-1054, up for sale. It had been hoped that the dual-control trainer – which was being rebuilt to flying condition at Glyn’s workshop in Auckland, New Zealand – would, once completed, come to Britain and be operated by The Flying Mosquito Trust (see News, December 2012 Aeroplane).
Glyn was recently awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for “services to aeronautical heritage preservation”. His decades-long quest to get a Mosquito back in the air came to fruition on September 27, 2012, when Mosquito FB.26 KA114 flew at Ardmore, Auckland, following completion and fitting out by Avspecs Ltd. That aeroplane is now operated by the Military Aviation Museum at Virginia Beach, Virginia. Were it not for Glyn’s dogged determination in recreating the moulds, jigs and templates necessary to build the Mosquito’s wooden structure, there would have been little prospect of ever seeing an example of this beloved aircraft in the air.
Glyn’s Mosquito, which flew with the Royal New Zealand Air Force as NZ2308, is being sold through Platinum Fighter Sales, at an asking price of NZ$3,650,000. For details, contact John Rayner at: