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12-25-2006, 01:47 AM
I was just watching this the other night,some really great shots of what look to be real Mosquitos(spell).I didn't think there were that many left at that time.And to me it did not look like movie trickery,but of course could be wrong.
1964 movie with Cliff Robertson.A Mosquito Sqaudron attacks a rocket fuel plant,some great scenes but being 1964 special effects not to great.A great to watch film none the less.You have to catch this on your local movie channel.You even get to hear a real Merlin cranking out the horsepower.
Anyone else see it?

12-25-2006, 02:35 AM
Hello I am pretty sure that they used every available flying mossie for the film.

12-25-2006, 03:20 AM
The film is one of the reasons there are real Mossies today. They where originally slated for scrapping.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-25-2006, 04:13 AM
If you are in UK...take a look in your local woolies...found 633 sgdn dvd for ??4.99

and yes most footage is real mossies or radio control models in the crash shots..they did wreck a couple during shooting<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


12-25-2006, 11:45 AM
the mossies used were in the final days of service with the RAF. They actually destroyed a couple for filming purposes.

To be honest without the flying sequences I think its not the best film (I'm being tactful here...)

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12-25-2006, 01:52 PM
Oh, but the theme music...

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12-25-2006, 02:55 PM
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12-25-2006, 07:41 PM
A rubbish film but still worth seeing for the Mossie footage.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


12-25-2006, 11:25 PM
I remember the article in AIRFIX MAGAZINE at the time the film was being made (1964)---horror and shock they were wrecking and burning precious Mosquitoes to make a wretched film. I liked the film in high school for the last scene and the last line: "You can't kill a squadron." Now I can't watch it it is so awful. Was that British TV series "Mosquito Squadron" any good? What about the Pathfinder squadron series?

12-26-2006, 12:38 AM
THere were three flyable ones in the movie, which you can tell when they show the scenes wiht 9 flying....its spliced together etc. Two were glazed nose versions wiht fake gun noses attached. the gun nose version was the one eventually belonging to BAC (i think it was BAC) and it was destroyed in a crash at an airshow a few yrs ago (burned after it cracked up I believe). One now belongs to Kermit weeks and is either at his museum in lakeland fla. or may still be at the EAA museum in Oshkosh. The other belonged to David talichet, but he donated it to the USAF museum in Dayton ohio, and I saw it there a few yrs ago in US markings of a weather recon bird flown at D-Day. I also photographed Weeks bird at an airshow in arkansas in 87 right after he got it.

Im pretty sure this info is correct. Weeks has the only flyable one rt now (I believe) but I dont think its been flown in a while because its so preciously rare. I could be incorrect about that to.

Thr theme music alone is enough to get the film. I dnloaded a version of the rather stirring music some months ago. Did anyone notice that the 109s were actually me-108 trainers?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-26-2006, 06:22 AM
Some of the ones burned in the making of the film were non-flyable. It might have been possible for someone to restore them in the 1960s to flying condition, I suppose, in theory.

12-26-2006, 06:39 AM
Hello. the one that crashed at an airshow near Manchester was based at Broughton Chester now an Airbus site. It used to be up quite a bit it the summer and I used to hear it doing low passes over the factory. It was a very sad day when it crashed and 2 crew killed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

12-27-2006, 04:57 AM
The BAC one that crashed was due to a fault overhauled engine part...

the one that was a flyer was sold to Kermit Weeks who stuck it in a building and no longer flies it....... same as the poor Airworthy Sunderland I used to see flying all the time, now decked out with Fairy lights to attract American Punters http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/disagree.gif

There is a company in Australia building new Mossie Fuselages ( they delaminate and ground them)

also the Ex Spartan one in Canada is being rebuilt to fly, but has been Sold? though it is still going to fly see


one in Australia is being rebuilt to fly using the new fuselage sections..see



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