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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

A New Plane Borrows from an Old War Horse


De Havilland's Mosquito was perhaps the most versatile plane of World War 
II, instrumental in defending Britain against Nazi bombers and buzz bombs. 
Soon, some of its innovations--including a fuselage split down the center for 
ease of manufacture--may be revived for Farnborough-Aircraft.com's F1 air 
taxi.

                         F1                  MOSQUITO
                         AIR TAXI            FIGHTER-BOMBER

LENGTH FT.               35.1                41.2

WINGSPAN FT.             40.7                54.2

ENGINE POWER HP          850                 1,480 X 2

CRUISE SPEED MPH         378                 340

RATE OF CLIMB FT./MIN.   3,000               2,500

CEILING FT.              35,000              37,000

USEFUL PAYLOAD LBS.      1,918               8,000

TYPICAL RANGE MILES      975                 1,650

CONSTRUCTION             Plastic             Wood
                         composite           composite


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ILLUSTRATION: The F1 (left) and the British Mosquito (right)

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