Rare Mosquito makes Oshkosh debut

Mosquito bomber. Photo courtesy Classic Aircraft Photography

Highlighting AirVenture for many warbird fans was the appearance of a rebuilt de Havilland Mosquito owned by Jerry Yagen of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Almost 8,000 Mosquitoes were built during the 1940s, but Yagen’s plane is one of only two examples that are airworthy today. The rare plane, made largely of wood, flew in the airshow and was presented at one of the popular twice-daily “Warbirds in Review” programs.

“I would have come to Oshkosh just to see the Mosquito fly,” said Morty Lloyd, a pilot and warbird enthusiast from Chattanooga, Tennessee. [Read more…]