Tuesday, December 16, 2008
DE HAVILLAND DH-60 “GIPSYMOTH”
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,750. Empty wt. 920. Engine 120 hp de Havilland Gipsy II.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 107. Cruise mph 85. Initial climb rate 720. Range 320. Ceiling 18,000.
The de Havilland Moth series of two-seat light biplanes began with the flight of the DH-60 in 1925. The original Moths had a wooden fuselage structure and were powered by engines ranging from the 60 hp A.D.C. Cirrus I to the 105 hp Cirrus Hermes. As production of the early models tapered off, the improved DH-60 GM Gipsy Moth was introduced in 1928. The Gipsy featured a welded steel-tube fuselage, folding wings, and engine options up to 120 hp. About 1,700 DH-60s were built in England during the seven years of production, with an additional 150 built by Moth Aircraft Co. of Lowell, Massachusetts.