De Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth

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De Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth
De Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth
Type: Airliner , transport aircraft
Design country:

United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom


de Havilland Aircraft Company

First flight:

January 29, 1932

Number of pieces:


The De Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth ( German  blackberry spinner ) was developed from the De Havilland Tiger Moth as a light transport aircraft with good flight performance and low operating costs .

The designer AE Hagg developed the Fox Moth in 1932 by combining the airframe of the Tiger Moth with a new extended fuselage . The wings , tail unit , landing gear and engine mounts of the Tiger Moth remained unchanged, but the plywood fuselage was given a closed cabin for four people between the engine and cockpit . The first flight took place in Stag Lane in 1932. In the prototype one was de Havilland Gipsy III fitted with 120 hp. Tests were also carried out with swimmers and skis in collaboration with Canadian Airways in Canada.

Many machines were delivered to Canada and Australia , some of them with a closed cockpit.

After the Second World War, de Havilland Canada still produced over 50 copies as DH.83C (Canada). The machines got elevators and trim tabs. The cockpit was delivered with a plexiglass roof as standard. When engine came Gipsy Major 1C with a maximum output of 145 hp.

Military users

Royal Australian Air Force
Brazilian Air Force
Brazilian Navy
Royal Yugoslav Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal New Zealand Air Force
Spanish Air Force
South African Air Force

Technical specifications

Three-sided view DH.83
Parameter Data
crew 1
Passengers 3-4
length 7.85 m
span 9.41 m
height 2.68 m
Wing area 24.25 m²
Empty mass 499 kg
Takeoff mass 939 kg
Cruising speed 154 km / h
Top speed 182 km / h
Service ceiling 3870 m
Range 579 km
Engines a four-cylinder in-line engine de Havilland Gipsy Major with 130 PS (96 kW)


  • A. Lumsden, T. Heffernan: Probe Probare, Part 27, DH83 Fox Moth. In: Airplane Monthly. August 1986, pp. 444-446

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