I Mech E honours the Mossie
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