…And Then There Were Three


Gavin Conroy details the journey of the latest Mosquito rebuild to take flight from the Avspecs hangar in Ardmore, New Zealand


The hangar smelled wonderful throughout the rebuild, with all the associated wood in play.
A view very early in the restoration, when parts of the instrument panel were trial-fitted, along with the pilot’s rudder pedal assembly.
Avspecs’ new Mosquito seen in the Hauraki Gulf region in January, during its last flight in New Zealand. Steve Hinton was the pilot, with the aircraft’s owner Rod Lewis in the righthand seat.

On January 13 this year, DH Mosquito FB.VI PZ474 became airborne for the first time since the 1950s, being the third airworthy ‘Mossie’ rebuilt by New Zealand’s Avspecs and Mosquito Aircraft Restorations. It’s a feat that until just a few years ago many thought almost impossible. This latest FB.VI will soon be delivered to its new owner, the US-based collector Rod Lewis.

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