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📌 de Havilland Mosquito TT MK.35 Target Tug (TA719) IWM Duxford.

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posted by Stuart Banham alias Defend & Attack on Thursday 19th of December 2019 09:54:31 PM

This World War Two de Havilland Mosquito TA719 was built at Hatfield in June 1945 and delivered straight into store, then remained in store with various Maintenance Units with the exception of being flown to Brooklands Aviation Ltd at Sywell for a short period on the 9th of August 1951 before being returned to store. Mosquito TA719 was again delivered to Sywell on the 15th of August 1953 for conversion by Brooklands Aviation to a TT.35, on completion it was delivered to 22 Maintenance Unit, saw its first use in its new role at 4 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation Unit (CAACU) and from there was issued to 3 CAACU on the 30th of June 1954, Coded 56. Mosquito TA719 continued in Service at Exeter until it was retired on the 31st of March 1963. Mosquito TA719 was flown to Bovingdon for the film '633 Squadron' and given the Civil Registration G-ASKC on the 8th of July 1963. Sporting the Code letters HT-G and serial HJ898, TA719 flew extensively for the film. Following completion of filming, the Skyfame Museum acquired Mosquito TA719 on the 31st of July 1963. The plan was to keep this Aircraft Airworthy, but it was badly damaged in a 'Deadstick Landing' at RAF Staverton on the 27th of July 1964 in which the Port Wing Outboard of the Engine was severely damaged, along with the Nacelles and Fuselage Underside. As a result if this accident, the Civil Aviation Authority cancelled the Registration G-ASKC on the 3rd of September 1964 as ''Permanently Withdrawn From Use'' (PWFU) Temporary repairs were carried out to the Aircraft and a 'Dummy Wing' attached. In 1968 it once again took part in filming, this time for 'Mosquito Squadron' suffering even more, Mosquito TA719 was used to simulate a crash landing during the filming and was damaged by fire in the process. Items from the Aircraft, such as the Cowlings, were stolen before the Aircraft could be recovered to RAF Staverton. With the closure of the Skyfame Museum in 1978 the Mosquito was moved to Duxford and the task of restoring the Aircraft was given to Ron W. Smouton. A new Port Wing, constructed to the original drawings was spliced on to replace the Dummy Wing, and the Fuselage, Tailplane and Nacelles were also repaired. Mosquito, TA719 is hung from the ceiling in the Airspace Hangar and is painted in distinvtive ''Target Towing Colours'' this offers different perspective of the Mosquito's display. This example of a TT.35 carried out 'Target Towing Duties' Post War. The scheme in question is a very striking Silver Topside combined with a Black & Yellow Striped underside, representing the Post War Colour scheme. General Specifications:- ▪︎Role: Light Bomber / Fighter-Bomber / Night Fighter / Maritime Strike Aircraft / Photo-Reconnaissance Aircraft / Target Tug ▪︎National Origin: United Kingdom ▪︎Manufacturer: de Havilland ▪︎First Flight: 25th of November 1940 ▪︎Introduction: 15th of November 1941 ▪︎Retired: 1963 ▪︎Status: Retired ▪︎Primary Users: Royal Air Force / Royal Canadian Air Force / Royal Australian Air Force / United States Army Air Forces ▪︎Produced: 1940 to 1950 ▪︎Number Built: 7,781 ▪︎Engine: Twin-Engine Rolls-Royce V-12 Merlins ▪︎Variant: TT Mk.35 is a Target Tug Variant. ▪︎Wing Span: 54ft 2in ▪︎Length: 41ft 6in ▪︎Weight: 7,673lb.

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