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  De Havilland Museum
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Michael E. Fader

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Michael E. Fader
   
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De Havilland Aircraft Museum
Salisbury Hall,
London Colney, St. Albans Herts AL2 1BU
www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk
Tel. ++66 (0) 1727 826400

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The de Havilland Aircraft Museum, formerly the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, is a volunteer-run aviation museum in London Colney. The collection is built around the definitive prototype and restoration shops for the de Havilland Mosquito “The Wooden Wonder”.

 

 
DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 (2015) DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 (2015) Note: The prototype had Leading edge slats DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 (2015)
 
DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 without engines The volunteers DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 with engines in 2017
 
DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 The markings are finished DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 (2017) DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 (2017)

The prototype Mosquito became the first aircraft to be displayed at Salisbury Hall, and was followed by examples of the de Havilland Vampire and Venom in 1968. In 1970, the collection was joined by a further example of the de Havilland Mosquito, which had been donated by Liverpool Corporation, following its use in the film Mosquito Squadron.

The collection was later expanded with examples of the single-seat Vampire, Sea Venom, Sea Vixen, Chipmunk and Dove all arriving by 1978. Additionally, the fuselage of a Mosquito FB6 arrived in 1976; it is now the only survivor of the most numerous sub-type to be preserved in Europe. The museum houses the fuselage of the last surviving square-windowed de Havilland Comet 1, the world's first jet airliner. The museum is the largest such museum devoted to one manufacturer in the country.

The museum is a “working museum”, as you can actually see the restoration work done by the members of the volunteers. The supporters' society or volunteers has been responsible for the high quality restoration and conservation of many of the exhibits, starting with the Chipmunk in 1978, an airframe which was subsequently restored by members once more in 2003-2007. Since 2011 the prototype Mosquito is under restoration and by our visits in 2015 and 2017 we can see the various stages of the restoration work.

 
DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35 DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35
 
DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35 DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35 DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35 DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35
 
DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35 DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35 DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35 DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35
 
DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI TA122 DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI TA122 DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI TA122 DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI TA122
 
DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI TA122 Cierva C.24 G-ABLM 2015 in the old Hangar One of the volunteers ^gives some informations to the Visitors. Cierva C.24 G-ABLM 2017 in the tent
 
DH.82 Queen Bee G-ANRX DH.82 Queen Bee G-ANRX DH.82 Tiger Moth G-ANRX DH.82 Tiger Moth G-ANRX
 
List of aircraft on site
Cierva C.24 G-ABLM
DH.53 Humming Bird G-EBQP
DH.82 Tiger Moth G-ANRX
DH.82 Queen Bee (Fuselage only) LF789
DH.87 Hornet Moth G-ADOT
DH.88 Comet (replica) G-ACSS
DH.89 Dragon Rapide G-AKDW
DH.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050
DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI TA122
DH.98 Mosquito TT(B)35 TA634
DH.100 Vampire FB5 (stored offsite) VV217
DH.100 Vampire FB.6 J-1008 Swiss AF
DH.104 Dove 6 D-IFSB
DH.104 Dove 8 G-AREA
DH.106 Comet 1A (Fuselage only) F-BGNX
DH.106 Comet C.2(R) (Cockpit section) XK695
DH.106 Comet 2 SIM (Cockpit section) ?
DH-106 Comet 1A (Cockpit section) G-ANAV
DH.110 Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ565
DH.112 Venom FB4 (stored offsite) WR539
DH.112 Venom NF.3 (Stored offsite) WX853
DH.112 Venom FB.50 —  (Stored offsite) J-1632 Swiss AF
DH.112 Venom FB.54 - ex (Store offsite) J-1790 Swiss AF
DH.112 Sea Venom FAW.22 XG730
DH.113 Vampire NF10 (stored offsite) WM729
DH.114 Heron G-AOTI
DH.115 Vampire T.11 XJ772
HS.121 Trident 2E (Cockpit only) G-AVFH
DH.125 Srs 1 G-ARYC
BAe 146, srs 100, (fuselage only) G-JEAO
DHC1 Chipmunk T.10 WP790
 
Horsa Horsa
DH.100 Vampire FB.6 J-1008 Swiss AF DH.100 Vampire FB.6 J-1008 Swiss AF
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DH.104 Dove 6 D-IFSB DH.104 Dove 6 D-IFSB
DH.110 Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ565 DH.110 Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ565
   
  DH.110 Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ565 DH.115 Vampire T.11 XJ772  
 
DH.115 Vampire T.11 XJ772 DHC1 Chipmunk T.10 WP790 DH.125 Srs 1 G-ARYC  
 

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