Sunday 8 January 2023

Another use for the Best and Lloyd hand pump


-SG- Some eighty years ago the de Havilland Aircraft Company introduced their Mosquito Fighter Bomber,  Powered by two Rolls Royce engines, it was unusual in that much of the fuselage was made of balsa and other wood. Few examples have survived and three have been restored to flying condition by the NZ Avspecs company, with Norton owner Derek Smith being one of their leading craftsmen. A standard fitment to these aircraft seems to have been the Best and Lloyd hand pump and regulator fitted to production model Nortons in the late twenties.  It is clearly shown in the cockpit photo Ken McIntosh has kindly sent in - apparently used in the aircraft for spraying alcohol on to the windscreen for de-icing purposes.