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De Havilland DH60GIII
& Moth Major

The final DH60 Moth variant and the first to use an inverted engine (either the 120hp Gipsy III or the 130hp Gipsy Major I).
De Havilland DH60GIII prototype G-ABUI The prototype De Havilland DH60GIII G-ABUI with 120hp Gipsy III engine.
 
During 1931, De Havilland took the Gipsy II engine and turned it upside down, allowing for a cleaner, lower engine position and installation. This engine model was named the DH Gipsy III (rated at 120 hp) and was fitted to the DH60G Moth airframe to produce a new variant to be known as the DH60GIII Moth.
 
The prototype DH60GIII (G-ABUI) flew for the first time in March 1932.
 
DH60GIII Moth Major G-ACNS De Havilland Moth Major G-ACNS photographed at Abingdon.
 
An improved version of the engine, the DH Gipsy IIIA, was produced in large quantities as the 130 hp Gipsy Major which powered many types of light aircraft types from the DH Puss Moth to the DHC Chipmunk (with a DH Gipsy Major Mk10).
 
Once powered by this engine, the type then became known as the Moth Major.
 
A total of 154 DH60GIII aircraft were built with either the DH Gipsy III or DH Gipsy Major engines and of these, more than half were exported world-wide. Of those built, 10 were for the RAF as DH Queen Bee Target Drones.
 
57 of the 154 were DH Gipsy III Moths with the majority of the remainder (96) being built as DH Moth Majors at Stag Lane.  The remaining example was built by the De Havilland Technical School.
 
DH60GIII G-ABVW Amy Mollison 'Jason 4' Amy Mollison's single seat De Havilland DH60GIII G-ABVW 'Jason 4'.
 
Although not as famous for long distance flying as the DH Gipsy Moth, notable flights made by DH60GIII included Lisbon to Goa, Lympne to  Darwin, Calcutta to Leeming (Yorkshire) and New Delhi to Ceylon and back.
 
Production ceased in May 1935.

 

Variants & Numbers

DH60GIII DH60 powered by 120 hp inverted Gipsy III engine
DH60GIII Moth Major Powered by 130 hp Gipsy Major I engine
Total built 154 57 DH60GIII, 97 Moth Major (one built by DH Technical School)

Specifications

  DH60GIII Moth DH60GIII Moth Major
Powerplant 120 hp Gipsy III  130 hp Gipsy Major 1
Span 30ft 0in
Maximum Weight   1,750 lb 
Capacity Pilot and passenger
Maximum Speed 109 mph  113 mph
Cruising Speed 92 mph  96 mph
Range 320 miles  300 miles

Survivors

Active                           In September 2017, six DH60GIII Moth Major were listed on the UK register
On display EE.1 Moth Major in the Spanish Air Force Museum at Cuatro Vientos, Madrid

www.museodelaire.com

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