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de Havilland DH 83 Fox Moth

De Havilland D.H.83C Fox Moth
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The Fox Moth was designed in England in 1932 as a light, economic transport, and was built using as many Tiger Moth components as possible. Fox Moths were produced in Canada after the Second World War mainly to keep the plant in production, but also to satisfy the increasing need for new bush aircraft. All the Canadian modifications made to the Tiger Moth were also applied to the Fox Moth. Of the 53 produced, 39 remained in Canada, most of which were operated in float/ski configuration, and gave years of satisfactory service.

The Fox Moth, though efficient, was a bit of an anachronism. For example, a modern, moulded- plexiglas sliding cockpit-hood was attached to what was essentially a 1932 aircraft. Communication between the passenger cabin in the fuselage and the cockpit to the rear was through a hole in the instrument panel. De Havilland designed a special stretcher for the Fox Moth, in order that it could operate as an air ambulance. Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

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Moth, Fox A135

 A 135

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Received from UK Air Ministry. Had been on Newfoundland register as VO-ADE from 1934. Had been operated by Imperial Airways on behalf of the Newfoundland Government Air Service, was the first aircraft to land at the present location of Gander airport on 11 January 1938. Returned to flying status with Eastern Air Command on 31 July 1942. Operated by Station Flight at RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland in civil markings, 1941 to 1945. Loaned to RAF Ferry Command on 1 August 1942, operated by No. 45 Group. Damaged beyond repair at Gander Bay on 22 February 1944. last update: 2024-February-19
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   1941-September-11 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1941-September-11 Classified Instructional CA A 135 2020-06-16
   1945-October-24 Struck off Strength Struck off strength transferred to Government of Newfoundland 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 483

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