LIFE WITH A LEGEND

Recollections of Mosquito RR299 may fade, but are never totally forgotten. As plans to give the UK another fl ying ‘Mossie’ gather pace, we talked to two of ’299’s illustrious former British Aerospace pilots about campaigning the much-missed machine around airshows at home and abroad

A late-1980s image by a British Aerospace photographer of Mosquito RR299. AVIATION-IMAGES.COM
WORDS: BEN DUNNELL

There seemed no end to it. A Venom accident at Hawarden that could have ended in tragedy, the P-38 Lightning crash at Duxford that killed ‘Hoof’ Proudfoot, the non-fatal Bristol Freighter loss at Enstone — July 1996 had already been a terrible month for British historic aviation. Then it got even worse.

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