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  de Havilland DH83 Fox Moth
 
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History

The Fleet Air Arm possessed one impressed De Havilland Fox Moth, DZ213, which equipped 781 squadron at Lee on Solent from June 1941 til at least Setember 1943 when it is known to have gibve, amongst others, air experience to sea cadets.
Fleet Air Arm history
     De Havilland D.H.Fox Moth
     Total FAA 1939-1945:        1
     First delivered to RN:          1941
     First squadron 1939-1945:    781 sqdn 6.1941 (DZ213)
     Operational squadron:          None
     Last served with RN            1943
Aircraft Type:
D.H.83 Fox Moth
Mark:
-
Primary Role:
Transport
First Flight: 
1932
Date operating with FAA squadrons:
1941-1943
Manufacturer:
De Havilland
Engine:
One 135 hp D.H. Gipsy Major Engine.
 Wing Span: Length: Height: Wing Area: 
Wing Span: 9.41m Length: 7.85m Height: 2.86m Wing Area: 24.25m2
Empty Weight: Max.Weight:
Empty Weight: 499kg Max.Weight: 939kg
Speed: 

Ceiling: 

Range:

Speed: 182km/h Ceiling: 3870m Range: 580km
Armament: 
None
Crew:
1 crew and 5 passenger seats
Squadrons:
781
Battle honours:
None
Additional references and notes:
-

Battle Honours and Operation History
None with FAA


Surviving aircraft and relics
A number of Fox Moths survive worldwide including three airworthy examples in the UK, two in Canada and two in New Zealand.

 The orange DH83 Fox Moth, ZK-ADI, and the dark blue one, ZK-AEK, then belonged to Air Travel (NZ) Ltd.,
New Zealand's first operating airline.
Two airworthy Fox Moths - ZK_ADI and ZK-AEK -  The photograph was taken in their old haunt, the West Coast of New Zealand, south of Hokitika. ZK-ADI now lives at Old Mandeville Airfield (NZ) and ZK-AEK at the Wanaka based Alpine Fighter Collection (NZ).

Alpine Fighter collection in New Zealand: The Alpine Fighter Collection Fox Moth was first registered in 1932 to Flt Lt EH Fielden on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales. As part of the Royal Flight the cabin featured matching folding tables and leather upholstery. In 1933 the aircraft went to a Belgian owner before being shipped to New Zealand in 1935 for use by Air Travel on its West Coast route, based at Hokitika. ZK-AEK was used to carry passengers and freight between the isolated settlement of Haast and Hokitika, pausing en route at any point that required service. Restoration completed in May 1993.

National Aviation Museum in Canada preserved DH 83 CF-FGL: The museum aircraft was built in 1947. It was owned by a number of operators, then purchased, restored, and flown for Maxwell W. Ward in the 1980s. This Fox Moth was presented to the museum in 1989.

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre: Preserved Replica CF-BNO Replica under construction of CF-BNO, originally of Parson's Airways of Kenora, Ontario.


Associations and reunions
 
FURTHER INFORMATION
 
NZFP Museum Fox Moth in New Zealand 
Fox Moths in Canada Fox Moth in Canadian Northern aviation history
Croydon Aircraft Company Ltd  http://www.themoth.co.nz/CAC.html
 Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995) 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 085130 232 7 
Created 3-4-1999, Modified 3-4-2000

 

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