World War II Mosquito fighter bomber to visit Whangarei

By Kristin Edge


A rare World War II fighter-bomber will fly the skies above Whangarei before landing so aviation enthusiasts can get a close up look at the restored aircraft tomorrow. (Saturday)

The world's only flyable de Havilland Mosquito fighter bomber is due to touch down at Whangarei Airport at Onerahi about 11.20am. It will leave Ardmore at 11am.

If weather conditions allow the pilot will complete a few passes over the runway before landing.

Former Whangarei man Johnny Antunovich will be onboard.

The plane is based at Ardmore after a eight year restoration project.

The plane came to New Zealand after being pulled from a Russian swamp.

It was restored by Glyn Powell and Mike Tunnicliffe, who run Mosquito Aircraft Restoration in Drury, Auckland and is made of wood.

The Canadian-built Mosquito KA114 is owned by American enthusiast Gerry Jagen, who commissioned the company to restore the bodywork.

It took Mr Powell and Mr Tunnicliffe three years, and experts at Avspecs a further four to fit the instruments.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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