Film documents Canadian restoration of a de Havilland Mosquito airplane
When it finally did go up, it was just this quiet amazement.- Filmmaker April Butler, on witnessing the restored Mosquito plane take flight
It was a welcome sight -- but no surprise -- for documentary filmmaker April Butler. That day last June marked the apex of a five-year devotion to capturing a historic restoration on film.
"It was emotional," she says of seeing The Mosquito take flight. "I got a little teary-eyed. When it finally did go up, it was just this quiet amazement."
Ms. Butler's film tells the story of the painstaking efforts of a crew of aircraft engineers at Victoria Air Maintenance in Sidney, British Columbia, to restore a Mosquito to flying condition.
The film also touches on an ongoing Calgary-based project to return one of the airplanes to running condition.
If you'd like to hear more about the history of the Mosquito, be sure to check out our interview with Dave Barrett, who also makes an appearance in the film. Like the shepherd in Frederick Forsyth's story, Mr. Barrett was a member of the crack RAF flying squadron known as the Pathfinders.