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    Flying Mosquito B.IV DZ542 for UK

    Hi all,
    I've just discovered the Mosquito Pathfinder Trust on Facebook, aiming to raise funds to restore and operate a B.IV in the United Kingdom:
    Welcome to The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust

    The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust was established with the sole mission of returning a fully airworthy de Havilland Mosquito to the skies over Britain. The Mosquito is a British designed and engineered marvel of aviation history, yet the British public does not have one to grace the skies of this great nation.

    All three airworthy de Havilland Mosquito’s in existence today are operated by private owners in the USA. Our charity has been set up with the full intent of changing that, and restoring a de Havilland Mosquito that the British public can call their own.

    To complete our mission, our charity needs to raise £4 million in 3 years. We do however have a very urgent need to raise £750,000 before the end of 2017 to commence the restoration work on our selected MK.IV aircraft.

    Our board of Trustees is supported by John de Havilland, direct descendant of Geoffrey de Havilland and by Philip Birtles, President of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum.

    You can find out more by visiting our website:
    https://www.thewoodenwonder.org.uk/
    Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere on the forum. Their website says the charity registration was in July this year.

    So now the owner of DZ542 is public! I'm very, very curious to see how this and TPM can coexist.
    "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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    Hi All,
    Can't help wondering why they would not join forces with TPM project pool their resources and money into getting one up then do the same again
    with a second ? Still all good news for us aviation enthusiasts here is their Facebbok page:- https://www.facebook.com/thewoodenwonder/

    Geoff.

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    I've looked at the website and it's not clear to me whether (a) the remains of DZ542 have been acquired and now are owned by the MPT or (b) there is a 'start' date for the 33-35 months scheduled work for its restoration to airworthiness by Avspecs. Can anyone help me with this information?

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    If this is genuine, then I wish them well. The only concern I would have, is how much the charity's CEO will be being paid.

    Bob T.

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    You would think, if they want to be taken seriously, they could get the location of the 3 currently airworthy Mossie's correct. I'm sure Bob Jens wouldn't be amused to find that his B.35 was now in the USA, no matter how close it actually is to the border. Of course, whether VR796 will ever fly again is open to question.

    Be nice to see DZ rebuilt/recreated into its highball spec.

    Can both projects succeed given they are competing for funds for the same thing though?

    Hopefully, as 2 x Mossie's in the UK would be bloody marvellous.
    I was with it all the way until letting the brakes off..........

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    Two Mosquito's from public appeals ! Sounds massively unlikely !

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    Hopefully, as 2 x Mossie's in the UK would be bloody marvellous
    But if and when these come to fruition, will there be any air shows in the UK at which they can earn a living?

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    Bob, let me just ask a simple question. If the Vulcan trust had not paid a CEO, would the aircraft ever have flown?

    Best of luck to the Pathfinder Trust, and to the Peoples Mosquito.

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    This is an interesting debate. In contrast with the restoration of Avro Lancaster NX611; the Lincs Aviation Heritage Centre is not a charity but every donated penny is spent on NX611 as the operating of the Centre covers the other costs allowing 100% of donations to be attributed to the restoration. Yet we as general public feel much more confident in donating to a charity.

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    Despite certain charities having abused the confidence (trust?) that the general public have placed in them.

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    Bruce - I've been working on a round-up of potential flyers and DZ452's the only B.IV I've been able to come up with. It would be cool to see one fly so I was very pleased to finally learn the plans for it.
    "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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    For those upset about people being paid, this from an MPT (confusing how similar the acronyms are) Facebook post 13hr ago:

    In regards to your enquiry about remuneration, we can confirm that The Board of Trustees, The Principal Officer and all other members of The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust are volunteers. No one is taking a salary from the charity, as for us, this is a labour of love more than anything else. We really want to see a Mosquito flying in the UK again soon and we are happy to give our own time and resource to making that happen.
    And, from the red corner, the first jab: http://www.peoplesmosquito.org.uk/20...zero-sum-game/
    "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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    Not a jab, I would say, for confrontation or even competition will help neither party.

    The concern is a valid one, as the 'fund' of public goodwill/contributions is finite, and might result in 2 underfunded and stalled projects instead of one complete one.

    My instinct is that when a Mosquito flies in the UK ( and it surely will, as a warbird superstar ) it will be a privately owned example. In the classic car world £6 million is not a startling sum, perhaps a McLaren F1, and for such a figure you would turn every head on the airshow scene, and if you relish attention, a flying Mosquito will certainly deliver.

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    And what's the opinion of the CAA about a new built flying Mosquito in the UK?

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