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from a vintage plane second World War Soon to be displayed in the Okanagan.

on Thursday, a de Havilland 98 MosquitoWith its distinctive look and engine noise, landed on Kelowna International Airport,

Sporting a wooden frame, a two-engine, two-seat bomber was acquired. KF Aerospace The center is expected to open in late August after a five-year restoration for its aviation museum.

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According to KF Aerospace, the aircraft made its debut in 1941 and served primarily as a night fighter, and was capable of reaching speeds of 640 km/h.

“Mosquitoes proved exceptionally versatile in the European, Mediterranean and Italian theaters of war,” KF Aerospace said.

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“It served as a bomber, fighter, night-combat, photo-reconnaissance aircraft, and even provided wartime cargo and passenger connections through enemy territory. A total of 7,781 aircraft were built. Had gone.”

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The plane took off from Vancouver to Kelowna on Thursday. It is said to be one of 30 remaining mosquitoes worldwide, and one of only two that are currently flyable.

“The Mossy was an incredibly powerful aircraft. It could pack the same bomb load as the B17 and could fight in any theater at any time of day or night, at high or low altitudes,” said KF Aerospace Project Supervisor D’ Arcee Barker said.

“It really was a multi-role aircraft, seemingly in any operation at home. That’s what made it so special. Without it, where would we be? Thankfully, we’ll never know.”

KF Aerospace says the aircraft’s original wooden frame is made of BC Sitka spruce, and it was one of several Mosquitoes operated by Spartan Air Services in the 1950s and 60s to conduct high-altitude aerial cartography missions across Canada. there was one.

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“It tells an absolutely wonderful Canadian story,” said Paula Quinn, executive director of KF Aerospace. “The plane flew across the country for years, mapping the northernmost reaches of the landscape in a way that had never been possible before.”

KF Aerospace says the Mosquito will be part of a collection that includes the Hawker Tempest Mk2, Odyssey DC-3 and Convair CV580.

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