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Restored record-breaking DH-60M

Old 11th Apr 2019, 17:18
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Restored record-breaking DH-60M

Some spectacular pictures of a restored Moth were posted on a FB group I belong to - the de Havilland Chipmunk Appreciation Society.









This is not just any old Moth - it is the DH-60M flown by CWA Scott from England to Australia in 1931. Elapsed time to Darwin 9 days, 4 hours and 11 minutes.

In spite of the registration, the aircraft was restored in and is based in Australia!

The aircraft's markings are exactly those worn in 1931 - getting the Regulator to agree to an Australia-registered aircraft to wear a UK registration was quite an exercise!
Remarkably pragmatic decision by CASA - known as the Campaign Against Small Aeroplanes.
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Old 11th Apr 2019, 18:33
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I want one.
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It can be done. We have a de Havilland 83 Fox Moth registered in the UK that cavorts around the sky wearing the marks ZK-AGM...!!! Happens in the USA too....

BTW..... The deH 60 M looks superb....
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Old 11th Apr 2019, 20:44
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Here’s another quote from the FB page:
This beautiful restoration was completed by Complete Aircraft Care (look at those cowlings!)

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Originally Posted by India Four Two View Post
Remarkably pragmatic decision by CASA - known as the Campaign Against Small Aeroplanes.
We don't discriminate in the UK - we simply have a Campaign Against Aviation.

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How unkind!
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
We don't discriminate in the UK - we simply have a Campaign Against Aviation.
Not completely true - at least these days we do have some good decisions being made on the rotary wing side. I think the true campaign against aviation lies in Brussels.
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
I think the true campaign against aviation lies in Brussels.
I've certainly gained that impression from the "spectators's gallery"...

Love that Gipsy Moth, long may these beautiful aircraft continue to reappear and be kept airworthy. Since Ron Souch's first Gipsy restoration appeared around 1980 there seem to have been an extraordinary number of rebuilds of genuine airframes, often from vestigial remains. I see this one also carries it's Orstrlian reg in very small letters under the tail plane.
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I see this one also carries it's Orstrlian reg in very small letters under the tail plane.
Also in the cockpit too:



I wonder what callsign the pilot uses.
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I want one.
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Here's another one you can lust after:



It's based near me. My picture was taken at the 2015 Springbank Air Show. I heard it was ground-looped last year, but I understand that the damage was not too serious.

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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
I think the true campaign against aviation lies in Brussels.
The dull, mantric British bleat that everything that one does not like is the fault of the EU. Why can't people come up with something original, even if they can't be truthful!
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The career of CWA Scott is worth a read.
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IFT, a Tiger in the background with no slats, that's a rarity.
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You've been misled by the open cockpit. At first glance it looks like an 82A but in fact it’s a Canadian 82C that has open cockpits. It was restored by a member of my gliding club. The fuselage frame had been used as a chicken coop and was so corroded, that the owner used it as a template to fabricate a new frame!




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I see it has the -82C tail wheel, the brakes too?

I assume CF-ADU is a Canadian-built example.
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Tredders ,

Yes, Canadian built. All the C features except the canopy. Tailwheel, brakes, no slats, handholds on the wingtips, gear legs tilted forward, etc.

It even has that ultimate luxury - a starter motor!
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I42,

Thanks for your other Moth pic.

I flew my first solo in a Tiger in 1965, registration G-ANOR. It's still flying, but I'm not.

At the time, I believe the airfield had the biggest collection of Tigers in the world.

Here it is in 1964 at that airfield.

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Think I know where that is - in '64 I was a few months old down at the far end of the next county, where helicopters tended to rule the roost...
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It is not disguised on file properties.

Plymouth Roborough as it was.
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That photo brings back memories.

Have stood in almost that same spot on numerous occasions as a young sprog watching the aero club and BRNC Tigers do their stuff.

Just found this image in my archive. Taken circa 1963/64 I think. Scanned from a 35mm slide that has not aged very well.



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