Wednesday, August 09, 2017
If You're Into Aviation
This is a bit like discovering King Tut's tomb. An entire set of blueprints for the legendary WWII British fighter-bomber, the "Wooden Wonder" de Havilland Mosquito have been found, just as they were about to be tossed into the recycling bin. The technical drawings are complete and cover every marque and modification from nose to tail.
Built largely from Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir (British Columbia and Alaska) by cabinet makers this was the most versatile warplane of WWII. The aircraft were manufactured in Britain, Canada and Australia. The balsa wood veneers that gave the aircraft its incredibly smooth exterior were fabricated in Wisconsin and Pembroke, Ontario.