lincs / london
Mosquito Live Tour 2022
24-25 June 2022
The only de Havilland Mosquito Experience available in the World!
'Mosquito Live' is a 2-day self-drive tour and only available to a limited number of guests at our one off event in 2022.
The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito with it's twin Rolls Royce Merlin engines, uncluttered lines, U-Boat sinking firepower and pinpoint bombing accuracy became one of the aviation success stories of WWII. Unusually its frame was constructed almost entirely of wood and that's where it gets its nickname 'The Wooden Wonder', or 'Mossie' to its crews.
In 1941 it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. Originally conceived as an unarmed fast bomber, the Mosquito's use evolved during the war into many roles, including low to medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike aircraft. The crew of two, pilot and navigator, sat side by side, but a single passenger could ride in the aircraft's bomb bay when necessary.
The 'Wooden Wonder' - Clean lines, lightweight and enormous power, the perfect combination!
The Mosquito was often flown in special raids, such as Operation Jericho – an attack on Amiens Prison in early 1944 and precision attacks against military intelligence, security and police facilities (such as Gestapo headquarters). On the 10th anniversary of the Nazis' seizure of power in 1943, a perfectly timed Mosquito attack knocked out the main Berlin broadcasting station while Hermann Göring was speaking, putting his speech off the air.
Twynhams Tours are giving you the opportunity, as part of our exclusive group, to immerse yourself in 2-days of 'Mossie Magic'. Not only will you hear the twin Rolls Royce Merlin engines running up and have a close-up cockpit viewing from the crew ladder, you will enjoy a private screening of '633 Squadron'. This iconic war film was the ultimate tribute to the Mosquito and its theme tune is one of the most recognisable ever written.
We will enjoy dinner and spend the night at the famous Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa. From January 1944, the Petwood became the officers' quarters for 617 'Dambusters' Squadron when they were posted to the nearby Bomber Command station at Woodhall Spa.
After a hearty 'full English' breakfast it's time to head down to North London and the de Havilland aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall, where the Mosquito was designed back in the late Thirties. Here you will enjoy a private guided tour and get to see three original Mosquitos, including the prototype, this aircraft is the only surviving World War Two prototype to be preserved in the World.
Friday. Your Tour starts at 10.00hrs with arrival tea/coffee and biscuits and then moves on to a detailed briefing from one of the crew members about the days itinerary. Next up is the 'live' action with a full engine run, your chance to hear the Rolls Royce Merlins in all their glory.
What's better than a Rolls Royce Merlin engine at full power? Two Merlins at full power!!
After lunch in the vintage themed 'NAAFI' restaurant you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Mosquito, including the chance to practice your photography skills with a cockpit viewing, from the crew ladder.
There will also be time to visit the rest of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, including their iconic 'Just Jane', Avro Lancaster. Being based on the old wartime airfield of RAF East Kirkby, they retain the original 1940's control tower and the Museum is built up entirely around RAF Bomber Command. With exhibits and displays spanning many areas such as 'The Home Front' and 'Escape and Evasion' giving you a wide perspective on wartime Britain and the trials and tribulations of the Second World War.
At 14.30hrs we reconvene in the NAAFI for afternoon tea, coffee and homemade cakes. Once you have had chance to purchase your Mosquito merchandise from the well stocked shop it's a short drive over to the Petwood Hotel for check-in and a brief freshen-up.
Enjoy the splendour and history of the Dambusters 'Local' during your overnight stay at The Petwood Hotel