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Iconic 'Mosquito' To Celebrate 75th Birthday

One of Britain's most iconic warplanes is about to celebrate its 75th birthday.  The prototype "Mosquito" took to the skies for the first...

One of Britain's most iconic warplanes is about to celebrate its 75th birthday. 
 
The prototype "Mosquito" took to the skies for the first time in 1940. 
 
The wooden-built multi-role fighter-bomber would remain Britain's fastest combat aircraft until the coming of jet power at the end of the Second World War.
 
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Hertfordshire's de Havilland Aircraft Museum, the country's oldest aviation museum, houses the world's largest collection of Mosquitos.
 
The first prototype Mosquito, W4050, is among the three examples of the plane at the museum.
 
It's possibly the only initial prototype of a Second World War aircraft design still in existence in the 21st century, having been lovingly preserved by a group of enthusiasts.