DH80 Puss Moth

Two or three seater, long-range private touring aircraft.
DH 80 Puss Moth Smith 004The prototype De Havilland DH80 Puss Moth (E-1 / G-AAHZ) flew for the first time on 9th September 1929.
This 'one-off' test aircraft had a flat-sided wooden fuselage whilst the production aircraft (DH80A) would be a fabric-covered, steel tube fuselage construction for improved rigidity and strength.
The Puss Moth was a high-wing two-seat light aircraft for the private operator, offering both along range and exceptional cabin comfort. The seating arrangement allowed the carriage of a second passenger when and if desired.  The wings could be folded back to reduce hangar space, a common feature of a number of light aircraft of the era. The Puss Moth was immediately successful, achieving sales to wealthy pilots world-wide. 
In addition to the prototype, a total of 259 aircraft were manufactured at Stag Lane with a further 25 being constructed by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd
In the 1930s, the Puss Moth became a preferred mount for many 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. Notable 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.


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

Number built

DH80                              284                                                                                                                


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