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The Shuttleworth Aircraft Collection

1928 - DH60X Moth

1928 - DH60X Moth

1928 - DH60X Moth
The de Havilland DH60 Moth was conceived and designed by Sir Geoffrey de Havilland. It was the first successful and popular two seat light aircraft. Although it was a success the basic DH60 was further refined and improved to produce the DH60X Moth. The 'X' Moth differed to the original Moths in having either an improved Cirrus III engine of 85hp or an Armstrong-Siddeley Genet radial engine. The DH60X was further refined with the 90hp Cirrus III engine and an improved undercarriage design. The new undercarriage had a split axle rather than a straight axle. This gave a smoother ride over rough ground and was much more forgiving of rough landings. G-EBWD was built in 1928 and was used by the Brooklands School of Flying. Richard Shuttleworth learnt to fly in 'BWD which he purchased in 1932 as his first aeroplane. It was originally powered by a 65hp Cirrus I engine but in 1933 Richard re-engined 'BWD with a 105hp Cirrus Hermes II. Since it was bought by Richard, it has been based continuously at one aerodrome (Old Warden) for longer than any other aeroplane in aviation history. 'BWD escaped being impressed into the RAF during the Second World War and survived in storage at Old Warden. Since the war, 'BWD has performed regularly at flying displays at Old Warden. Height: 8ft 9.5in Length: 24ft 8.5in Wingspan: 30ft 0in Width (folded): 9ft 8in Engine: one 105hp ADC Cirrus Hermes II 4 cylinder in-line