Let's face it - none of these Haynes manuals for aircraft are anything like a Haynes manual for cars - so what do we expect from one? Some history, some technical detail and some nice photographs of a restoration project, in short "an insight into". This one didn't disappoint me.
The whole book is full of information which records the requirement, design, realisation of the design and the applications to which the aircraft has been put.
First of all, the technical construction content is divided into 2 sections, and while I can't immediately see why, the content is fairly detailed and as close to a true Haynes manual as you would reasonably expect to get. It has a rather good description of major parts of Merlin engines, but unfortunately, unless you are pretty familiar with them anyway it probably won't mean much because there are no diagrams to put the descriptions into perspective. A few photographs, but not very clear in the context of exactly what they show. The restoration section, which had the possibility of being a great photojournal section either of the recent New Zealand machine returned to flight, or the DeHavilland Aircraft Heritage Centre's restorations probably missed the opportunity, but some very specific area shots of the New Zealand one are used to great effect in the technical construction descriptions.
The books largest section is probably the Mosquito at War with anecdotes of the machines combat history.
This is an excellent introduction to the Mosquito. Further reading should include "Mosquito: The Orginal Multi Role Combat Aircraft
" the DeHavilland Aircraft Heritage Centre's booklet "Construction of the DH98 Mosquito" and probably one of the Mosquito aircraft pilots notesRoyal Air Force Pilot's Notes for Mosquito Marks FII and NFXII
. Why 'only' 4 stars? because there's always room for improvement!