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The Moth was designed to be the airplane for the man in the street: affordable, simple and safe and it inspired a world-wide revolution in club flying, civil and military training and private ownership. The DH60 Moth of 1925 led to a family of light airplanes which continued to evolve and sell all over the world until the very eve of the Second World War when most private flying came to an abrupt end. The DH82A Tiger Moth, icon of military pilot training throughout the conflict, became the standard aircraft for post-war flying clubs in many countries and effectively invented the new industry of agricultural aviation. In the heady days of pre-war civil aviation, de Havilland Moth aircraft were supported by a universal network of agents supplying spares and technical assistance. They were used for racing and record breaking, flights of extreme courage and endurance and small airline activities This new book outlines the early days of the de Havilland Aircraft Company and studies the evolution of each of the Moth family of light airplanes and their engines which took place between 1925 and 1939. Stuart McKay learned to fly on a Gipsy Major-powered Beagle Terrier 2 in 1963 and three years later commenced building a Jodel D.9 which made its maiden flight from Heathrow in 1969. In 1970 he acquired the redundant Tiger Moth glider tug F-BGJE, but pressure of work meant that it was not flying again until 1997, registered as G-AZZZ. He is Founder and Secretary of the de Havilland Moth Club and is also Editor of the Club magazine ‘The Moth’. In recognition of his services to the Club he was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Royal Aero Club in 1984 and appointed MBE in 1997. He is perhaps the world’s leading expert on de Havilland Moths.
Author: Stuart McKay
Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd.