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16 minutes ago, rkk01 said:

For the unconvinced - This is what DCS Mosquito is for

 

I'm convinced....honest 🙃

 

Classic movie that, watched it countless times. "Mosquito Squadron" is another good one very loosely based on the Amiens raid. 

 

Now all we need is Early Access!!! Newsletter tomorrow so maybe an update?? .... well, one can dream.

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I was slightly obsessed with 633 Squadron as a kid, and the Dambusters. It didn’t help that both were regularly on TV on Sunday afternoons in the UK as they still are...

 

The casting of George Chakiris as a Norwegian in 633 Squadron always makes me laugh... 🤣


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I've recently watched both "633 Squadron" and "Mosquito Squadron". Let me just say, IMO, the former is a much better movie.

 

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I find it amazing now that in the early 60s the 633 squadron producers could turn up so many flyable Mosquitoes, around 10 I think, just in the UK. Now just having a single flyable example based in the UK would be a thing of wonder 😔

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19 hours ago, Mogster said:

I find it amazing now that in the early 60s the 633 squadron producers could turn up so many flyable Mosquitoes, around 10 I think, just in the UK. Now just having a single flyable example based in the UK would be a thing of wonder 😔

Not only that, they actually destroyed at least one real mosquito for the filming.

Oh the horror!! 😬🤬

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“Mosquitoes fly, but flies don’t Mosquito” :pilotfly:

- Geoffrey de Havilland.

 

... well, he could have said it!

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10 hours ago, Bozon said:

Not only that, they actually destroyed at least one real mosquito for the filming.

Oh the horror!! 😬🤬


It’s seems like one only and it was already in a bad state iirc, fit for ground running only.

 

Most of the airframes featured flying in the films flying sequences still survive in museums.

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13 hours ago, Mogster said:


It’s seems like one only and it was already in a bad state iirc, fit for ground running only.

 

Most of the airframes featured flying in the films flying sequences still survive in museums.

I know. Mosquito airframes don’t survive the years so well. They were never meant to. It is just so difficult to imagine a time when these still-good airframes were just junk surplus and easy to obtain in the market. It happened to so many planes after the war.  It amazes me for example that there are no Beaufighters that are air worthy. Not even taxi capable AFAIK.
 

After WWII people were just worried about other things than preserving this heritage. The Americans were a little better at it, the Brits not so much, Israelis even worse (post WWII of course).
 

Old jets are at an even worse state, being much more difficult to maintain by private enterprises. It pains me to no end to see Mirage III and Kfirs, lifeless and rotting on displays, like stuffed animals. The skies were full of these beautiful arrow shapes when I was a child, now gone the way of the Dodo. The Israeli Air Force was for a brief few year immediately after its creation almost an all Mosquito airforce.  None remain, not even on display, and of the younger population, non but the most die-hard aviation enthusiasts even know about it.

 


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“Mosquitoes fly, but flies don’t Mosquito” :pilotfly:

- Geoffrey de Havilland.

 

... well, he could have said it!

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31 minutes ago, rkk01 said:

I was alway amazed that the surviving dambusters Lancasters were broken up after the war.


Post Chastise the converted Lancasters were used for research, agent and supply drops drops and as general hacks for the rest of the war and afterwards. The last were broken up in July 1947. Gibsons AJ-G survived till then, although it is recorded as being damaged in a takeoff incident in late 1946. It’s inconceivable to me AJ-G wasn’t preserved, even if damaged it could have been repaired at a later date. It should have pride of place at Hendon aviation museum. It’s provenance was obviously known as its control column and throttle quadrant were removed and are now at Lincs aviation museum.

 

More info
 

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/pleszak.blog/2019/08/20/what-happened-to-the-lancasters-used-on-the-dambuster-raid/amp/

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