I Mech E hon­ours the Mossie

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The In­sti­tu­tion of Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers has awarded the pro­to­type de Hav­il­land Mos­quito an Engi­neer­ing Her­itage Award that ranks it along­side some of Bri­tain’s great­est tech­ni­cal achieve­ments, in­clud­ing Sir Frank Whit­tle’s jet en­gine, Con­corde, Jaguar E-type, and Lon­don’s Tower Bridge. The air­craft is dis­played in the de Hav­il­land Air­craft Mu­seum at Sal­is­bury Hall, Lon­don Col­ney. Cu­ra­tor Alistair Hodg­son com­mented, “This is a very pres­ti­gious award and it demon­strates the sig­nif­i­cance of the col­lec­tion which we have at the mu­seum. The Mos­quito pi­o­neered air­craft con­struc­tion tech­niques that are still in use to­day, and the award af­firms the sta­tus of the air­craft as one of the UK’S fore­most engi­neer­ing achieve­ments.”

The Mos­quito ‘Wooden Won­der’ was de­signed in 1939 by a de Hav­il­land team based at Sal­is­bury Hall, and the pro­to­type made its maiden flight on 25 Novem­ber 1940 from the com­pany’s air­field at nearby Hat­field. It is now one of three on dis­play at the for­mer Tu­dor Man­sion, the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Mosquitos.

Now ranked with other Engi­neer­ing Her­itage Award win­ners like the Whit­tle jet en­gine, the pro­to­type Mos­quito

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