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The Running of the Rolls Royce Merlins

The project of restoring this deHavilland Mosquito has been going on for a long time and I have a sizeable documentation of this project. Unfortunately one person who was photographing the project, sold photos and an article about the project which caused the owner, who is publicity shy to put a ban on any photography from beginning of 2014. That resulted in me being outside the fence when the Merlins roared into life for the first time.

The aircraft will most likely fly within the next two weeks and then it is anybody’s guess what is happening with this rare bird. Will it thrill spectators at airshows across North America or will it be out of eye, out of sight. Only time can tell.

The aircraft is painted in the markings of “F for Freddie” a Mosquito who crashed in Calgary Alberta on May 8th 1945 during an exhibition and victory flight. The plane colleded with the radio mast on the Calgary airport tower, which being of metal cut the starboard wing in half resulting in the crash with the loss of the two crewmembers.

Here are some photo’s and a short video so you can enjoy this unique event.

Short Video of the Merlin engine sound

First time running of the Merlins

deHavilland Mosquito Mark 35 VR796/, F-For Freddie, First running of the Merlins April 15, 2014

Rolls Royce Merlin Engine

Rolls Royce Merlin Engine after the first run.

Being pulled back into the hangar

Being pulled back into the hangar for a few adjustments after the first run.

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