Meanwhile, there is some very good news for British-based Mosquito enthusiasts. In late January, Hertsmere Council approved plans for a large new £1million-plus hangar at the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre (DHAHC) at London Colney. The site is home to many de Havilland aircraft, including the prototype Mosquito, W4050. The hangar will replace a small corrugated iron Robin Hangar, which is now more than 80 years old, and will abut the centre’s other, larger hangar, built some 30 years ago.
“This is tremendous news,” enthused DHAHC Operations Director, Ralph Steiner, “First and foremost the new hangar will enable us to get most of our vulnerable aircraft under cover.” The new hangar will nearly treble the amount of covered space where aircraft can be displayed, and have a mezzanine floor, an enhanced de Havilland information and educational area, workshops for restoration work, and a refreshments area. Ralph continued: “The Museum is anxious to upgrade its facilities and enhance what it offers to its many visitors, and we need to raise a further one million pounds to complete the building.”
The Board of Trustees has also decided to give the DHAHC a new name. It will now be called the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, to reinforce its main purpose of restoring and displaying historic de Havilland aircraft.