De Havilland D.H.94 Moth Minor
1937
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De Havilland D.H.94 Moth Minor

On 24 August 1931 the company had flown the only example of the de Havilland D.H.81 Swallow Moth, a lowwing open-cockpit two-seater powered by a 60 kW (80hp) Gipsy IV engine. With production capacity filled by orders for various models of the Moth the project was discontinued, to be resurrected some years later when advantage could be taken of-some structural techniques used in the Comet and Albatross. Of wooden construction throughout, the prototype D.H.94 Moth Minor was first flown by Captain Geoffrey de Havilland at Hatfield on 22 June 1937. Production followed and by the outbreak of World War II some 71 examples had been completed, including nine Moth Minor Coupe aircraft with built-up rear fuselages and hinged cabin tops. Early in 1940, when Hatfield's production capacity was required urgently for aircraft more vital to the war effort, the Moth Minor drawings, jigs, components and finished but undelivered airframes were delivered to de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd at Bankstown, Sydney. More than 40 were supplied to the Royal Australian Air Force.

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De Havilland D.H.94 Moth MinorA three-view drawing (700 x 805)


Specification 
 MODELD.H.94
 ENGINE1 x de Havilland Gipsy Minor inline piston engine, 67kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight703 kg1550 lb
    Empty weight446 kg983 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan11.15 m37 ft 7 in
    Length7.44 m24 ft 5 in
    Height1.93 m6 ft 4 in
    Wing area15.05 m2162.00 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed190 km/h118 mph
    Cruise speed161 km/h100 mph
    Ceiling5030 m16500 ft
    Range483 km300 miles

Comments
Graham Treloar, 10.05.2012

I owned DH-94 VH-ACS for 12 years. It spent many years on the Family properties near Broken Hill. It was used for sheep mustering, checking waters & commuting. I found it a truly delightful fun aeroplane to fly. I sold in in the late 1960's when I started an Aviation busines at Parafield in South Australia which became Rossair Pty. Ltd - a Cessna Dealership.

Graham Treloar, 10.05.2012

I owned DH-94 VH-ACS for 12 years. It spent many years on the Family properties near Broken Hill. It was used for sheep mustering, checking waters & commuting. I found it a truly delightful fun aeroplane to fly. I sold in in the late 1960's when I started an Aviation busines at Parafield in South Australia which became Rossair Pty. Ltd - a Cessna Dealership.

Steve Jenkins, 24.01.2012

I own and operate DH-94 S/N DHP17(Aus Built) RAAF A21-38, now VH-AIB and still flying based at Goolwa Airport, South Australia.

Guy Caulfield, 12.05.2011

Hello Stan Smith, I have an authentic propeller for this aircraft if you are interested.

Stan Smith, 11.06.2010

I own and operate DH94 Minor S/N 94012 ZK-AKM I rebuilt it in 1977 and it is still going strong Email me for any other info

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