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de Havilland Jet Mosquito Jet-Powered Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Project

The Jet Mosquito was a proposed jet-conversion offshoot of the classic de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito fighter-bomber line- it came to nothing.

 Updated: 5/17/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

The "Jet Mosquito" was a briefly-entertained conversion project of the classic de Havilland DH.98 "Mosquito" series fighter-bomber (detailed elsewhere on this site). The Mosquito excelled in various roles during World War 2 (1939-1945) and was produced in the thousands during, and after, the conflict. Its success only opened the aircraft to various proposed production types by the company, such was the over-battlefield potency of "The Wooden Wonder".

As the name suggests, the Jet Mosquito was to become a jet-powered development of the classic DH.98 offering. The airframe would have retained much of the form and function of the original save for slightly swept-back wing mainplanes. The original propeller-driven engines naturally gave way to underwing nacelles housing turbojet engines. The crew resided under a bubble-style canopy offering excellent forward vision. The tail unit would have incorporated a single vertical tail fin and low-set horizontal planes. A tail-dragger undercarriage arrangement was to be standard for ground-running.

Power was derived from 2 x de Havilland Halford H-1 (evolving into the "Goblin") series turbojet engines to which a maximum speed of 445 miles per hour was estimated. The Goblin powerplant went on to power several notable aircraft such as the Gloster Meteor and de Havilland Vampire aircraft. An internal bomb load of up to 2,000lb was projected.

The design, with paperwork appearing as early as mid-1942, did not progress beyond a few known drawings.

Some specifications on this page are estimated on the part of the author.

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de Havilland Jet Mosquito Technical Specifications

Service Year: 1942
Type: Jet-Powered Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Project
National Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer(s): de Havilland - United Kingdom
Production Total: 0

Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 44.62 feet (13.6 meters)
Overall Width: 54.13 feet (16.50 meters)
Overall Height: 12.47 feet (3.80 meters)

Weight (Empty): 22,046 lb (10,000 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 33,069 lb (15,000 kg)

Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

Propulsion: 2 x de havilland Halford H-1 turbojet engines of unknown thrust output.

Maximum Speed: 445 mph (716 kph; 387 knots)
Maximum Range: 404 miles (650 km)
Service Ceiling: 32,808 feet (10,000 meters; 6.21 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 feet-per-minute (762 m/min)

Armament / Mission Payload

Up to 2,000lb of conventional drop stores. Assumed cannon armament as well, probably 4 x 20mm automatic guns in the nose assembly.

Global Operators / Customers

United Kingdom (abandoned)

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

Jet Mosquito - Base Project Name