VH-KLG  de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito 41 Sp.    (c/n    ?)


                                    This Mosquito began life under a conctract for Mark FB40s, and it would have been serialed
                                    A52-62.  In the event it was completed as a Mark PR 41 in 1948 and given the new serial
                                    A52-324.    After being in storage for four years it was sold to A. Oates, DFC to compete in
                                    the October 1953 London to New Zealand Air Race.   Since its sponsor was the spark-plug
                                    manufacturer, it became VH-KLG.   Unfortunately it ran out of fuel on the way to the UK to
                                    start the race, and ditched off the coast of (what was then) Burma.   My shots show it at
                                    Mascot just prior to starting off, whilst the lower rare shot by Max Mead (courtesy of Ron
                                    Cuskelly) shows it at Cocos Island whilst en route.