RS712 at The EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

 

July 2008

RS712 enjoying the sunshine at Oshkosh, July 2008, view from the front starboard quarter RS712 enjoying the sunshine at Oshkosh, July 2008, view from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.82Mb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 enjoying the sunshine at Oshkosh, July 2008, closer view from the front starboard quarter RS712 enjoying the sunshine at Oshkosh, July 2008, closer view from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.67Mb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 enjoying the sunshine at Oshkosh, July 2008, closeup view of the nose RS712 enjoying the sunshine at Oshkosh, July 2008, closeup view of the nose. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.29Mb) version of this image, click here.
Although the reflections of the grass in the bomb-aimer's panel of the nose of RS712 obscures the view of the interior of the aircraft
      this photo shows the level of interior completness of the aircraft Although the reflections of the grass in the bomb-aimer's panel of the nose of RS712 obscures the view of the interior of the aircraft this photo shows the level of interior completness of the aircraft. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.13Mb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 enjoying the sunshine at Oshkosh, July 2008, closeup view from the front port quarter RS712 enjoying the sunshine at Oshkosh, July 2008, closeup view from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.43Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 from the front port quarter View of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.74Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 from the front port quarter Overall view of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.69Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 from the starboard side Overall view of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 from the starboard side. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.54Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of the rear fuselage of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 from the starboard side View of the rear fuselage of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 from the starboard side. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.04Mb) version of this image, click here.
Outboard side of the starboard engine of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008 Outboard side of the starboard engine of RS712 at Oshkosh, July 2008. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.20Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of the crew hatch and bomb bay doors of RS712, Oshkosh Closeup view of the crew hatch and bomb bay doors of RS712, Oshkosh. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.10Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of the starboard side of the nose of RS712 View of the starboard side of the nose of RS712. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 1.95Mb) version of this image, click here.
View through the bomb-aimer's panel of the nose of RS712 of the inside of the port side of the nose View through the bomb-aimer's panel of the nose of RS712 of the inside of the port side of the nose. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.87Mb) version of this image, click here.
View through the bomb-aimer's panel of the nose of RS712 View through the bomb-aimer's panel of the nose of RS712. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.29Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the front Overall view of RS712 from the front. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.41Mb) version of this image, click here.
The starboard engine of RS712, view from the front The starboard engine of RS712, view from the front. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.52Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of the nose and port engine of RS712 from the front starboard quarter View of the nose and port engine of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.42Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of the nose and engines of RS712 from the front starboard quarter View of the nose and engines of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.43Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the front starboard quarter Overall view of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.50Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of the nose and engines of RS712 from the front starboard quarter View of the nose and engines of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.99Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the front starboard quarter Overall view of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.58Mb) version of this image, click here.
Slightly closer view of RS712 from the front starboard quarter Slightly closer view of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.93Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the front starboard side Overall view of RS712 from the front starboard side. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.74Mb) version of this image, click here.
View along the flightline at Oshkosh, RS712 appears to be the largest aircraft in the line-up! View along the flightline at Oshkosh, RS712 appears to be the largest aircraft in the line-up! Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.54Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.32Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.34Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closer view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter Closer view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.47Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter with the sunshine reflected from the fuselage side Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter with the sunshine reflected from the fuselage side. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.36Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the front port quarter Overall view of RS712 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.29Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.63Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closer overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter with the sunshine reflected from the fuselage side Closer overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter with the sunshine reflected from the fuselage side. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.42Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter Overall view of RS712 from the rear starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 3.56Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.36Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 from the port side Overall view of RS712 from the port side. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.74Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of RS712 from the port side showing the outboard side of the port engine and nacelle in good detail Closeup view of RS712 from the port side showing the outboard side of the port engine and nacelle in good detail. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.32Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.40Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.46Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup of RS712's nose from the front port quarter Closeup of RS712's nose from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.68Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of RS712 from the front View of RS712 from the front. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.44Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of RS712 from the front port quarter View of RS712 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.57Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.68Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter Closeup view of RS712 from the front port quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.73Mb) version of this image, click here.
View of RS712 from directly in front of the aircraft View of RS712 from directly in front of the aircraft. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.21Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of RS712 from the front starboard quarter Closeup view of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 1.67Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup of the cockpit of RS712 from the front starboard quarter Closeup of the cockpit of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.24Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 on the flightline from the front Overall view of RS712 on the flightline from the front. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.25Mb) version of this image, click here.
Overall view of RS712 on the flightline from the front Overall view of RS712 on the flightline from the front. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.36Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup of the nose of RS712 from the front starboard quarter Closeup of the nose of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 2.52Mb) version of this image, click here.
Closeup view of the front fuselage of RS712 from the front starboard quarter Closeup view of the front fuselage of RS712 from the front starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Brendon Deere. For a larger (2816x2112, 1.92Mb) version of this image, click here.
 

16th October 2004

B.35 RS712 from the front starboard quarter, nose and radiator 
      detail, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 from the front starboard quarter, nose and radiator detail. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 138kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 from the front port quarter, general arrangement, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 from the front port quarter, general arrangement, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 145kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 port engine detail from outboard, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 port engine detail from outboard, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 118kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 port undercarriage unit detail from outboard, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 port undercarriage unit detail from outboard, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 123kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 from the port rear quarter, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 from the port rear quarter, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 110kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 from the port rear quarter, canopy close-up, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 from the port rear quarter, canopy close-up, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 100kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 from the rear, general arrangement, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 from the rear, general arrangement, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 146kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 tail unit detail from the rear starboard quarter, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 tail unit detail from the rear starboard quarter, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 170kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 from the rear starboard quarter, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 from the rear starboard quarter, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 147kb) version of this image, click here.
B.35 RS712 from the front, general arrangement, 16th October 2004 B.35 RS712 from the front, general arrangement, 16th October 2004. Image courtesy of Mark Nankivil. For a larger (1000x667, 144kb) version of this image, click here.
 

1990, just before the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Airshow in Hamilton, Canada

RS712 rear port quarter RS712 rear port quarter. Image courtesy of Douglas Bentley.
RS712 front port quarter RS712 front port quarter. Image courtesy of Douglas Bentley.
RS712, rear starboard quarter RS712, rear starboard quarter. Image courtesy of Douglas Bentley.
RS712, closeup front port quarter RS712, close-up front port quarter. Image courtesy of Douglas Bentley.
View of RS712 from immediately behind the tailplane View of RS712 from immediately behind the tailplane. Image courtesy of Douglas Bentley.
 

December 1984

RS712 farewell, December 1984 RS712 farewell, December 1984. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1776x1186, 293kb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 farewell, December 1984 RS712 farewell, December 1984. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1774x1186, 291kb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 farewell, December 1984. Note George Aird being interviewed in front of RS712 RS712 farewell, December 1984. Note George Aird being interviewed in front of RS712 before flying out (if anyone has a copy of the interview, or knows where I might get one, could they please let me know? Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1774x1186, 282kb) version of this image, click here.
 

May 1983

RS712, May 1983 RS712, May 1983. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1778x1184, 222kb) version of this image, click here.
 

July 1981

RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981 RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1782x1184, 244kb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981 RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1782x1178, 239kb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981 RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1782x1178, 226kb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981 RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1780x1176, 236kb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981 RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1778x1184, 267kb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981 RS712 sale day, Strathallan July 1981. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1776x1184, 300kb) version of this image, click here.
 

April 1980

RS712 at Strathallan, April 1980 RS712 at Strathallan, April 1980. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1780x1182, 267kb) version of this image, click here.
RS712 at Strathallan, April 1980 RS712 at Strathallan, April 1980. Image courtesy of Gordon Ingham. For a larger (1776x1184, 253kb) version of this image, click here.
 
Detailed photographs of RS712 are also available on the The Phil Broad Collection pages.

 

RS712 History

RS712, a B.Mk35, was built by Airspeed at Christchurch. Following storage with the RAF, it was delivered to Sywell on 30th November 1951 for conversion to a TT.Mk35 by Brooklands Aviation. The conversion was completed in May 1952 and the aircraft was delivered to 27 MU at Shawbury for storage until issued to 1 CAACU at Hornchurch on 31st December 1953. With the closure of this unit, the aircraft was once again put into storage until 28th February 1958, when it was allocated to the 2nd Tactical Airforce and entered service with the TT flight of the Armament Practice Section at Schleswigland, northwest Germany.

The aircraft returned to the UK and was delivered to 3 CAACU at Exeter on 29th April 1958. RS712 was transferred to Flying Training Command at the end of June 1961 and was then retired to 27 MU, from where it was bought by Mirisch Films as G-ASKB on 31st July 1961. Camouflaged, and with dummy machine guns attached to the nose, it became one of the stars of 633 Squadron and the later Mosquito Squadron, both made at Bovingdon.

With its filming career over, RS712 was bought for the Strathallan Museum in September 1972, and flown there on 8th November 1975. The closure of the collection forced the sale of RS712, which was acquired by Kermit Weeks of Florida in June 1981 for the sum of £100,000. Harry Robins took over the task of returning RS712 to airworthiness in 1984, and he and George Aird flew the Mosquito to Booker airfield on 21st December and into the care of Personal Plane Services. Following further work by Harry, in 1986 RS712 was camouflaged and given the code EG-F to represent the 487 Squadron Mosquito flown by Group Captain P.C.Pickard during the attack on Amiens prison in 1944. On 29th September George Aird with George Stewart as co-pilot took off from RAF Benson for the first leg of the trip to Prestwick. Initially joined by RR299 near its Hawarden base for a formation photo session, twenty five and a half hours flying time saw RS712 delivered to Kermit's museum in Florida.