It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Tony Agar’s De Havilland Mosquito HJ711 which was “born” here at Elvington almost 30 years ago.
From a piece of fuselage brought here to the newly formed Yorkshire Air Museum back in 1988, and after thousands of hours work by Museum volunteers and staff and carefully protected throughout, it is now to join other famous WWII aircraft with our friends at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirby.
Made virtually from scratch using re-fabricated and original parts collected from other aircraft located all over the world has taken almost 40 years to recreate the night fighter version of this famous plywood aeroplane. Tony’s wish is to run the huge twin 1,480 horse power V12 twin Merlin engines which will require some highly complex structural and safety considerations and we wish him and HJ711 the very best of luck for the future in its new home.
Below are a selection of videos showing some happy memories of the Mosquito’s build. Our volunteer team of engineers have many recollections of working alongside Tony over the decades and wish him the very best.
Thanks for Brian Watmough for the footage. Below are two longer films by Brian showing the Museum team working with Tony as the Mosquito progressed across the years.