Mosquito restoration work close to completion at London Colney museum

The first prototype de Havilland Mosquito W4050

The first prototype de Havilland Mosquito W4050 - Credit: Archant

A restored prototype of a Second World War fighter-bomber will be unveiled to mark 75th anniversary of its maiden flight.

The de Havilland aircraft museum in London Colney will be hosting a week of events to celebrate the anniversary and renovation of the sole surviving first prototype of the twin piston engined combat aircraft ‘Wooden Wonder’, DH.98 Mosquito W4050.

On Wednesday, November 25, the restored aircraft will be rolled out of its hangar at precisely 3.45pm, the exact time that it took off from Hatfield on its maiden flight.

The restoration was funded by a £41,000 Heritage Lottery grant and has been a four-year project but the ‘Wooden Wonder’ only needed the bare minimum of original woodwork replaced.

Bob Glasby, the Mosquito Project leader, said: “It will be a very emotional week. We have dismantled the aircraft in order to thoroughly inspect and assess its condition.

“This has been a major undertaking carried out by an enormously capable team. It has predominantly been a conservation exercise with the objective of preserving as much of the original structure as possible.”

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney is the oldest aviation museum in the UK. It was established to preserve and communicate the de Havilland history.

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The week of celebrations will begin on November 23 with two days of events for invited guests and the museum will then open up to the public again.