So who are we? The individuals behind The People’s Mosquito project all have one thing in common – a passion for aircraft. They are united by a love of aviation history and a desire to see one of the Second World War’s most distinguished aircraft fly again.
The project began life on Twitter, in the closing days of 2011, when warbird restorer and life-long aviation fanatic John Lilley casually tweeted about his longstanding idea of getting a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito flying in the UK again.
The positive response was overwhelming, with general messages of support coming from all over the world and from all types of people. The idea was quickly taken up by other tweeters and it wasn’t long before a founding “Band of 12” had gelled together and transformed into The People’s Mosquito movement. That Band of 12 has now grown to a virtual army (or should that be ground crew?) of over four and a half thousand, with followers and supporters on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, from all parts of the world.
When our goal has been achieved and the project is complete, a UK-based Mosquito will fly again for the first time in nearly twenty years – since the tragic demise of the BAe-owned Mosquito T.III at Barton in 1996.
John Lilley: Project Lead – @spitfireprxix – In overall charge of the project
Ross Sharp: Project Engineering and Airframe Compliance: @AirShowCo – Overseeing the engineering aspects of the project
Bill Ramsey: Technical Project Research and Development
Steve Manning: Project IT – @verbomania – Looking after our website and IT issues. Currently progressing our plans to become incorporated as a charity.
Nick Horrox: Project PR and Brand – @nickhorrox – Promoting and protecting our public image – Please contact Nick with any questions via the Contact Us page
Gary Morton: @peoplesmosquito/@gazza196310 – The Twitter mouth of the project
Ian Porter: @IPAirShowphoto – Running The People’s Mosquito Facebook page and supporter’s group
Paul Varcoe: @varcs – Running The People’s Mosquito website, Facebook page and Facebook supporter’s group
John Rooney: @aviationcafe – Running our back office admin
Adam Willson: @majorwilf – Engineering Support
Other team members:
Chris Hyde @stormie869
RAF Engineer @RAFengineer