INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT
|de Havilland DH83 Fox Moth|
The Fox Moth was designed in England in 1932 as a light, economic transport, and was built using as many Tiger Moth components as possible. De Havilland aalso designed a special stretcher for the Fox Moth, in order that it could operate as an air ambulance. One 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.
De Havilland designer AE Hagg evolved the Fox Moth in 1932 to meet a
perceived need for a light transport aircraft with good performance, economical
operation and low initial cost. To standard Tiger Moth components, he added
a new plywood-covered wooden fuselage, locating the pilot in an open cockpit
(which was later covered in a canopy) behind an enclosed cabin which accommodated
up to four passengers. The prototype was later shipped to Canada for trials
on floats and skis with a total of 98 Fox Moths being built. Post war the
Fox Moth was produced in Canada mainly to keep the plant in production,
but also to satisfy the increasing need for new bush aircraft. All the
Canadian modifications made to the Tiger Moth were also applied to the
Fox Moth. Of the 53 produced, 39 remained in Canada, most of which were
operated in float/ski configuration, and gave years of satisfactory service.
Battle Honours and Operation History
None with FAA
A number of Fox Moths survive worldwide including three airworthy examples in the UK, two in Canada and two in New Zealand.
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.
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