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DH80 Puss Moth

Two or three seat long range private aircraft 
The prototype DH80 Puss Moth E-1 / G-AAHZ flew for the first time on 9th September 1929. This one-off aircraft had a flat-sided wooden fuselage with production aircraft (DH80A) having a fabric-covered steel tube fuselage construction.
 
The Puss Moth was a high-wing two seat light aircraft offering long range and cabin comfort. The seating arrangement allowed the carriage of a second passenger when desired.  The wings could be folded back to reduce hangar space, a common feature of a number of light aircraft of the era. The type was immediately successful, achieving sales to private owners world-wide. 
 
In addition to the prototype, a total of 259 aircraft were manufactured at Stag Lane with a further 25 constructed by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd
 
In the 1930s, the Puss Moth became a preferred mount for long-distance record-breaking pilots with the type being flown by famous names such as HJ ‘Bert’ Hinkler, C.J. Melrose (the Master of Semphill), Jim and Amy Mollison (Amy Johnson) and many others. Their flights ranged from London across the Atlantic and to and from South Africa, India, Japan and Brazil.
 
A number of early production aircraft were lost in flying accidents, the cause being ultimately traced to wing flutter. To resolve the issue the fleet were modified with an additional bracing strut running from the front wing strut to the wing rear attachment point whilst a larger rudder was also fitted.
 

Specification

Powerplant
One 120 hp Gipsy III, or 130hp De Havilland Gipsy Major 1
Span
36ft 9in
Maximum Weight
2,050 lb
Capacity
Pilot and two passengers
Maximum Speed
128 mph
Normal Cruising Speed
108 mph
Range
300 miles

Number built

DH80                              284                                                                                                                

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