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    Waaaay COOL! We cannot have too many of these aircraft.

    Perhaps the closest the US came to having a comparable aircraft would be the B-25 Mitchell?

    I do know there were variants that mounted a cannon in the nose and were used for ground attack and also anti U-boat patrols.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    The varied armament she could carry was outstanding, here's the list:

    STANDARD:
    4 x 7.7mm Browning machine guns in nose
    4 x 20mm Hispano cannons mounted under the nose

    OPTIONAL (Model Dependent):
    Between 500lb and 4,000lb of internal stores in bomb bay (reconnaissance equipment, specialized mission equipment, leaflets, munitions, extra fuel, etc...).

    1 x 57mm autocannon in nose (in place of 4 x cannons).
    4 x 7.7mm Browning machine guns in underfuselage gunpack.
    2 x 250lb / 500lb bombs underwing
    8 x High-Explosive, Armor-Piercing rockets underwing.
    1 x Torpedo externally held under the fuselage

    Amazing for a 99% wooden aircraft, shows what the Merlins power had to lift it all!
    PZ474 has been restored in the markings of a Banff Strike Wing anti-shipping aircraft, and includes a complete set of underwing rails and a full set of 60lb RP's to hang on them...



    As a further point of interest, the Merlins engines fitted are the original pair of engines fitted on the production line when it was originally built.....

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    It's just BRILLIANT! Well done to the rebuild team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beyu View Post
    Waaaay COOL! We cannot have too many of these aircraft.

    Perhaps the closest the US came to having a comparable aircraft would be the B-25 Mitchell?

    I do know there were variants that mounted a cannon in the nose and were used for ground attack and also anti U-boat patrols.
    The P-38 would be a close second.

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    My Squadron maintenance hangars in Downsview (Toronto) were part of the original DeHavilland Mosquito assembly line.
    The buildings still had a lot of the original bolted in track/rail system along the assembly floors.
    It stirred a lot of reflection on where they were sent and how many that were built survived.
    The buildings are still there.

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    I've always thought they were such beautiful aircraft; flying art really. When I was just a little guy, probably around three, my uncle gave me a 1/48 model of one he had built. My mom rigged it with string and hung it up in my room. You know, that thing has followed me everywhere I've lived ever since. I'm in my later 40's now and it's still hanging from the ceiling in my library.

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    An excellent restoration when you consider the starting point of the project.

    http://www.mossie.org/PZ474.htm

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