De Havilland Swallow Moth Aircraft



Production Details

Design Company:

The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield Aerodrome, Herts

First Flight:

21 August 1931

D.H.81 Swallow Moth:

1 - The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd

Type Specification

Applies to:

De Havilland D.H.81 Swallow Moth

Type:

Private venture two seat sporting monoplane

Wing:

Low wing cantilever monoplane. Wings taper in chord and thickness from roots to tips. Structure of wood, with plywood and fabric covering

Fuselage:

Rectangular structure of wood with plywood covering

Tail Unit:

Monoplane type. Wooden framework. Tailplane and fin covered with plywood. Elevators and rudder covered with fabric

Landing Gear:

Divided type. Each unit consists of a spring leg, attached to the top longeron, with the bottom end hinged to the centre line of the underside of the fuselage by axle and radius rod. Tail skid

Power Plant:

One 80 hp de Havilland Gipsy IV engine in the nose

Accommodation:

Seats for two in tandem in enclosed cockpit

Dimensions

Span:

35 ft 6 in

Length:

23 ft 6 in

Height:

8 ft 4 in

Wing Area:

149 sq ft

Weights

All-up:

1,330 lb

Performance

Max Speed:

117 mph

Preserved in British Museums

None known

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