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Golden Age of Flight
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 en-gine.
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.
MFG: Moth Aircraft Corp
Built In: Lowell, MA
First Produced: 1929 in US
Powerplant: Wright-Gipsy L230 4 Cylinder
Service Ceiling: 18,000 ft
Cruise: 85 mph
Top Speed: 117 mph
Range: 320 miles
Empty Weight: 1,001 lbs
Gross Weight: 1,850 lbs
Wing Span: 30’ both
Wing Area: 243 sq. ft
Number Built: 168 US built
1,000+ British built