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D.H.60 Moth 1928 G-AAAH Jason: This is the Gipsy Moth in which Amy Johnson made her solo flight from England to Australia in 1930. It was presented to the nation and can be seen in the Flight Gallery of the Science Museum, London.
The Gipsy Moth made a major contribution to the growth of private and sport flying between the wars. About a thousand were built by the De Havilland company at Edgeware and they were used in clubs and schools throughout Britain.
The Moth was designed for sturdy simplicity. It was relatively cheap and had an easily maintained wood and fabric structure. Although it was not a fast aircraft it was used for a great many aviation feats. In 1925 Alan Cobham flew the first example 1609 kilometres (1000 miles) from Croydon, England to Zurich, Switzerland and back in a day, and many other records followed. It was the forerunner of the D.H.60G Moth upon which the light aeroplane movement in this country developed.
Span 8.84m (29’) Length 7.16m (23’6”) Weight 345kg (760lb) Top Speed 145kph (90mph) Power Plant One de Havilland Cirrus engine of 44.8kW (60hp)
Other aircraft flown by Amy Johnson during her career include:
On 20th May 1940 Amy Johnson joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), and flew mostly Avro Ansons, providing a service for other ATA pilots, but by December 1940 she was engaged on ferrying aircraft from factory airstrips to RAF bases. By the end of the year, she had entered another 275 hours in her pilot’s logbook, including 30 hours in twin-engined Airspeed Oxfords.
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