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This aircraft greatly enhanced the development of light aviation in the twenties of the last century because it was relatively low priced and simple to maintain. A distinctive characteristic of this plane is its ability to fold its wings alongside the fuselage for easy storage. Even in the early days hangarage was a major cost item. In fact the Gipsy was meant for 'the man in the street': a comfortable good-natured summery two-seater which could be towed home with its wings folded. The Gipsy Moth mainly received its fame as a result of the solo flights of Amy Johnson, the first woman to accomplish a flight from England to Australia, and of Francis Chichester who describes his similar journey in his book "Solo to Sydney". These flights and a 24-hours non-stop flight proved the reliability of the design.
Production: 1925-1934, England 595, France 40, USA 200 and Australië 32
Engine: 100 hp De Havilland Gipsy I
Maximum speed: 164 km/hr
Weight: empty 417 kg, max. 780 kg
Dimensions: wingspan 9.14 m, length 7.29 m
The Early Birds "Gipsy Moth"
This aircraft was built in 1929 by De Havilland of Australia, construction nummer A7/44. Originally it was registered VH-AFN. From 1930 it served with several Australian airforce squadrons before going to a flying club. Via the USA it ended up at Early Birds. In 2000 the Gipsy took to the air again after an intensive five year restoration. Today it flies with the US registration N168G