WONZ 289 – Wings Over Britain: The de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Guests: Ian Thirsk, Mosquito Team Leader

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 7th of July 2023

Published: 11th of November 2023

Duration: 53 minutes, 09 seconds

In this episode Dave Homewood visits the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney, Hertfordshire, and he interviews Ian Thirsk, the Mosquito Team Leader with the museum. Whilst the museum preserves the history and products of the famous aircraft manufacturer de Havilland and many of its significant products, the episode focuses heavily on the Mosquito. The museum has three Mosquitos on display, including the very first prototype. Also among the collection are many other important aircraft types from biplanes to jets, fighters to airliners.

Hopefully this episode highlights the importance of the company and its aeroplanes to both the British aviation industry and to New Zealand, and also entices listeners to visit this museum that is packed full of incredibly rare treasures.

Quick Links:

  de Havilland Aircraft Museum website

  de Havilland Aircraft Museum on Facebook

Ian Thirsk in front of the de Havilland Mosquito prototype W4050.

The music in this episode is I Vow To Thee, My Country by Gustav Holst.

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