Destinations: WW II Mosquito flies at Paine Field Skyfair

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

The Flying Heritage Skyfair, on Saturday, July 22, featured the collection's newest warbird.

The Royal Air Force World War II twin-engine de Havilland Mosquito was on display and, along with other aircraft, flew for the crowd at Paine Field in south Everett.

More than 7,700 of the aircraft were built during the war but at most only three are still flying, including the Flying Heritage plane.

From a distance the Mosquito looks like a typical metal airplane, but a closer look reveals waves of wood grain in its fuselage.

When it was developed in 1940 it was the fastest military aircraft in the world.

The Mosquito was used as a fighter-light bomber, light bomber, night fighter, and as a unarmed photo-reconnaissance during the war years.


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