Second World War-era de Havilland Mosquito set to arrive at Kelowna's airport next week

Mosquito swoops into YLW

A Second World War-era bomber will be swooping into Kelowna on Monday.

The de Havilland Mosquito (VR796) will be joining the KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence aircraft collection.

The ‘Mossie’ is a shoulder-wing, twin-engine aircraft that, unlike many of the other famous war planes during World War II, was constructed mostly of wood. Along with its service during the war, it was also integral in mapping out Canada’s north.

The iconic plane is set to arrive on the 78th Anniversary of D-Day.

It is scheduled to take off from Vancouver International Airport, make a stop at Abbotsford, and then land in Kelowna around 11:15 a.m. on June 6.

The Mosquito will taxi to the KF Aerospace apron, where it will be parked for a welcome celebration before being moved inside the hangar, to join the permanent display.

Construction began last year at the Centre for Excellence at 5800 LaPointe Drive.

The centre is a not-for-profit, legacy endowment for the Okanagan, courtesy of KF Aerospace founder Barry Lapointe. Featuring made-in-BC wood products and expertise the building will replicate an aircraft, with the main hall as the fuselage. Wing-shaped hangars will house aircraft showcasing aviation history in British Columbia and Canada.

The project is made possible through a collaboration with the Kelowna International Airport, the City of Kelowna and the Government of Canada. The centre is scheduled to open in August.

Monday’s flight is weather-dependent.

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