Airplanista Book Review and Giveaway: Haynes De Havilland Mosquito Owners’ Workshop Manual

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By Dan Pimentel,
Airplanista Blog Editor

In another of my long series of book reviews and giveaways, this time I take a look at the latest Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual offering “an insight into developing, flying, servicing and restoring Britain’s legendary Wooden Wonder fighter-bomber” the De Havilland Mosquito, 1940 model years and onward, all variants.
As with all of the Haynes manuals, this book is filled cover-to-cover with incredible amounts of detailed information on the subject aircraft. Authors Jonathan Falconer and Brian Rivas have done a spectacular job of uncovering facts, figures, drawings and photographs about this interesting and rare warbird, all to accompany a complete story that covers everything about the Mosquito.
After an introduction, the book quickly gets into the Mosquito story covering topics from the beginning through production, before ramping up the story in a chapter on how the Mosquito was built. A long chapter on “The Mosquito at War” goes through the military history of the make/model before dissecting the anatomy of the wooden aircraft in the next chapter. Falconer and Rivas dedicate an entire chapter to “the Pilot’s View” and looks at operation of a Mosquito, with sections like “In the driving seat” to “Like a Lady,” and on that last one, well, you’re just going to have to read it yourself.
Last, you’ll learn this ship is called the “Mossie” around the world, and a chapter section entitled “Wooden Wings over New Zealand” will of course be of special interest to all avgeeks good friend Glen Towler (@NZAircraftFan https://twitter.com/NZAircraftFan) who makes the very long flight from his home in NZ to EAA Airventure Oshkosh each summer.
Glen is one of many avgeeks who will surely enter the giveaway to have the book’s publisher ship them a brand new copy of this book, if their answer to the question in the form below is chosen by me on Friday, June 22 as the winner. If you would like to make sure you get a copy of this great book, go here and buy it on Amazon or read about it here on the publisher’s site. I highly recommend this book if you like warbirds, and it is a must-read if you love the De Havilland Mosquito.

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