De Havilland Mosquito


Mosquito PR.XVI (27 kb)
Mosquito PR.XVI, a high-altitude photo reconnaissance version.
If a bomber had no defensive armament, no armor, a minimal crew, a light and streamlined fuselage, and a pair of powerful engines, it would be as fast or faster than a fighter... and then wouldn't need armament and protection anyway.

This idea behind the Mosquito was very unusual, and the Air Ministry showed at first no interest in De Havilland's design. However, the Wooden Wonder, as it came to be known because of its molded plywood construction, was finally developped for more different roles than any other planes; it was used during World War II (and after) as a low or high level day and night bomber, long-range photo-reconnaissance, mine layer, pathfinder, high-speed military transport, long-range day and night fighter, and fighter-bomber.


Development

The first Mosquito sortie was made on September 20, 1941, when a single aircraft made a reconnaissance flight over France.

I'll only include information about the variants available in WarBirds© 2.5; for information of all other variants (43 in all !), you can have a look at this Mosquito variants page.

De Havilland Mosquito B.IV De Havilland Mosquito B.IV
Engines (2x) Rolls-Royce Merlin 21 liquid-cooled V12 (2x) 1,230 hp
Weight empty: about 6,400 kg (14,110 lb) - with full load: about 10,200 kg (22,487 lb)
Armament None
Ordnance Four 227 kg (500 lb) bombs in the internal bomb bays
Performance Max speed: 612 km/h (380 mph) Ceiling: 10,520 m (34,515 ft)
De Havilland Mosquito FB.VI De Havilland Mosquito FB.VI
Engines (2x) Rolls-Royce Merlin 21 liquid-cooled V12 (2x) 1,230 hp
Weight empty: about 6,400 kg (14,110 lb) - with full load: about 10,200 kg (22,487 lb)
Armament Four 20 mm cannons, four .303 cal guns (all nose-mounted)
Ordnance Two 227 kg (500 lb) bombs in the bomb bays, and/or rockets.
Performance Max speed: 612 km/h (380 mph) Ceiling: 10,520 m (34,515 ft)

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