Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Mosquito Achievements

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Aesthetically it's one of the most beautiful

airplanes ever designed.

It's right along there with a Spitfire and the Hunter and a few

others that you just look at it and it's just got the lines.

It just looks right.

It's one of those classic airplanes.

Mosquitos bombed Berlin a hundred days in a row.

What other aircraft could do that?

Just about any job you wanted to get done, you could do.

Remarkably you could do that job with just two people.

There were so many planes that crews eight or ten, that were

getting shot down in huge numbers and many people dying.

The Mosquito, it's arguable, could have done a lot of that

work if there had been enough of them with putting so,

so few people at risk.

The Mosquito was unique.

It adapted to so many roles and we flew it under so many

different circumstances from ice cold to tropical heat.

It was used for photo reconnaissance, fighting,

bombing, it was used for intruder mission.

It could fly very low at high speed

and surprise enemy installations without warning.

It could carry as much as the American B-17,

the four-engined American plane.

It could go twice as fast, so it could make two trips when the

B-17 was only making one.

The Mosquito became known also the "Gestapo Hunter".

So they used specific Mosquito squadrons to hit the Gestapo

headquarters all over Europe.

So they had a tremendous reputation.

The Mosquito was also used at sea, but it was used to sink

submarines or attack with rockets, cannon fire,

or machine gun fire, enemy shipping.

The most important role of Mosquito was the high level target

marking for the Pathfinders.

Just because it could do something that none of the

others could do.

The speed and the agility

and some of the other things that it did,

other aircraft could do but nothing else but the Mosquito

could do the high level target marking.

It was used for high level reconnaissance.

It could go above 40,000 feet easily and take aerial

photographs of the enemy, look at the weather,

map a future battlefield.

It also played a major role with the Pathfinder Force.

The Mosquito could fly 10,000 feet higher

than the other bombers.

So it could be used for that.

So it was often used with the Pathfinders at high level.

It was also used at low level for marking targets.

It could be used as a night fighter.

It could find enemy aircraft with a radar in its nose, track

them down and shoot them.

I think it had a huge impact because towards the end of the

war, if the war would have been continued, I think that you

would have seen the Mosquito being the primary bomber and

they would have stepped away from the heavy bomber because

the aircraft was capable of delivering a heavy payload with

high accuracy, because it only carried two crew.

Sadly we lost too many guys on a heavy bomber

when we lost one of those.

For this airplane it seemed to be production was ramping up

rather than down towards the end of the war.

Only the odd Mosquito was shot down

and that was mostly by anti-aircraft.

Fewer, by far than the bomber stream, we lost a third compared

to 50%, with a crew of two instead of seven or eight.

The Mosquito had the lowest loss rate

of any Allied bomber during World War II.

As spectacular as its performance was it turned out to

be one of the safest airplanes.

The Mosquito of course was built as a bomber,

so after World War II, there wasn't a lot of

call for bomber airplanes.

A lot of them got distributed to countries after World War II, to

the Middle East and to the Scandinavian countries and that

sort of thing, but there wasn't a war to fight.

Most airplanes spend their lives outdoors.

Of course being a wooden airplane they're going to rot

pretty quickly, they're going to fall apart.

Over 7,700 airplanes built, Mosquitos,

during and after World War II.

By the year 2015 now, we're down to about 30.

They simply disappeared.

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