1929 Gipsy Moth 60GM

Like so many great aeroplanes, the Gipsy Moth’s extraordinary success was due to the introduction of a truly dependable aircraft engine. After the early Cirrus engines had more than their share on in flight failures, De Havilland designed their own four cylinder, in-line engine which they dubbed “The Gipsy.” The strong performance and dependable nature of that engine - especially when mated to the durable DH Moth airframe - was a combination that revolutionized flight and set new world’s records during the 1920's. A few examples:

In 1925 Alan Cobham flew the very first Moth 1609 kilometres (1000 miles) from Croydon, England to Zurich, Switzerland and back in one day!

In 1927, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith flew a Gipsy Moth around Australia in the record time of 10 days and 5 hrs.

In 1929, Sir Francis Chichester learned how to fly in a Gipsy then - only three months later - flew one from Croydon, England to Sydney, Australia! A planned round-the-world flight in 1931 ended in disaster when his plane hit telegraph wires in Katsuura harbour, Japan. He took five years to recover from his injuries.

And in 1930, aviatrix Amy Johnson made the first solo London to Darwin flight by a woman in her beloved Gipsy Moth, “Jason.”

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