The Gipsy Moth was named after it’s deHavilland Gipsy engine.
This popular British design was manufactured in America by the Moth Aircraft Corp. The Moth’s world wide popularity greatly influenced the growth of private and sport aviation between the wars.
The DH-60 GM was constructed of wood, fabric and welded chrome-moly steel. The wings folded for easy storage in a one car garage. Wright Aero Corp. manufactured the Wright-Gipsy engine.
The American built DH-60 GM first flew in 1929. The Moth set altitude, speed, distance and aerobatic records from its inception.
In 1930, Laura Ingalls set a record of 344 continuous loops in the Gipsy Moth. Flight schools boasted “Solo by Sundown” and over 10 million flight miles helped to develop the Moth into a stable, safe and dependable aircraft. Quite frisky and maneuverable, the wing slots made the Moth stall and spin proof. A 200 foot crash test by Capt. deHavilland did little damage to the Moth with no pilot injury. This would be suicide with any other aircraft of the day.
This Moth, once owned by Paramount Studios, was a movie star many years before it was acquired by Yanks in 2005.
|DISPLAY STATUS||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||CURRENT LOCATION|
|Own||United States||Legends Hangar|
|PURPOSE & TYPE||MATERIALS||ERA & DATE RANGE|
|Trainer||Fabric, Steel, Wood||Golden Age
1918 – 1939
|MFG: Moth Aircraft Corp
First Produced: 1929
Number Built: 168 US, 1,000+ British
Acquired by Yanks in 2005.
Wing Area: 243 sq ft
Empty Weight: 1,001 lbs
Gross Weight: 1,850 lbs
Powerplant: Wright-Gipsy L230 4 Cylinder
Cruise Speed: 85 mph
Maximum Speed: 117 mph
Range: 320 miles