by Robert Bailey
Overall Print Size: 34" x 23"
Edition Size: 300
One of the truly remarkable aeronautical developments of World War II occurred during Britain's darkest hours in 1940. With the Battle of France lost, Dunkirk evacuated and the Battle of Britain about to commence, aircraft development was not a top priority. Constrained by the use of non-strategic materials, the de Havilland Mosquito was born. Constructed of molded plywood and metal, this radical-concept twin engine airplane surpassed everyone's expectations. Initially envisioned as a bomber, it quickly filled the roles of long-range photo reconnaissance, mine-layer, pathfinder, and high speed military transport. But it was in the fighter role for both day and night that this high speed aircraft (378 mph) excelled. Its long range, exceptional fire power, and payload capacity made it into a highly versatile and successful war plane. Fitted with radar and assisted by ground control intercept (code named "Starlight"), the famous Mosquito proved particularly potent against raiding German aircraft at night. The interdiction forays into British airspace during the early 1940's by the FW-190 and twin engine types, were seeking "targets of opportunity."
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