The de Havilland Mosquito FB.26 KA114 under restoration by Avspecs Ltd made its first engine run today. The company, based in Auckland, New Zealand, is restoring the aircraft to airworthiness for its owner, Jerry Yagen. The restoration of the Mosquito being a lengthy process, the first flight of KA114 has been postponed several times but should take place soon. The first flight should take place 29th of September, although such a date could be postponed for various reasons.
The Mosquito is a rare warbird as its wooden construction does not age well. The last flight of a Mosquito took place on 21 July 1996, when T.3 RR299 crashed, killing its crew of two.