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de Havilland Jet Mosquito

United Kingdom (1942)

Detailing the development and operational history of the de Havilland Jet Mosquito Jet-Powered Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Project.

 Entry last updated on 2/9/2018; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

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

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.
de Havilland Jet Mosquito Specifications
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United Kingdom
Year: 1942
Status: Cancelled
Type: Jet-Powered Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Project
Manufacturer(s): de Havilland - United Kingdom
Production: 0
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 2
Length: 44.62 ft (13.6 m)
Width: 54.13 ft (16.50 m)
Height: 12.47 ft (3.80 m)
Empty Weight: 22,046 lb (10,000 kg)
MTOW: 33,069 lb (15,000 kg)

Installed Power
2 x de havilland Halford H-1 turbojet engines of unknown thrust output.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 445 mph (716 kph; 387 kts)
Maximum Range: 404 mi (650 km; 351 nm)
Service Ceiling: 32,808 ft (10,000 m; 6.21 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 ft/min (762 m/min)

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

Operators List
United Kingdom (abandoned)

Series Model Variants
• Jet Mosquito - Base Project Name

Supported Weapon Systems
Graphical image of an aircrat automatic cannon
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition