15 facts you may not have known about the de Havilland Mosquito

1. Unusual in that its frame was constructed mostly of wood, the de Havilland Mosquito was nicknamed the "Wooden Wonder", or "Mossie"

2. In 1941, it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. The Mks II, III ands IV could fly at 380 mph – 19 mph faster than the Battle of Britain Spitfire and 50 mph faster than the Hawker Hurricane

de Havilland Mosquito XVIII

3. The Mosquito's use evolved during the war into many roles, including: low-to-medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, fighter-bomber, day or night fighter, intruder, photo-reconnaissance aircraft, pathfinder, and maritime strike

4. Initially, the concept was for the crew to be enclosed in the fuselage behind a transparent nose (similar to the Bristol Blenheim or Heinkel He 111H), but the concept was quickly altered to a more solid nose with a conventional canopy

de Havilland Mosquito production at Hatfield

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