The first wooden DH.60 Moth was designed by Captain Geoffrey de Havilland against a specification he considered ideal for a private owner: two seats with luggage space, practical, cheap at first cost and to operate and maintain. The prototype, G-EBKT, powered by a 60hp Cirrus engine, first flew in the hands of her designer from Stag Lane Aerodrome on 22 February 1925, and was an immediate success. The type was later fitted with the de Havilland company's own Gipsy engine when she was known as the DH.60G Gipsy Moth and subsequently was developed through a number of models eventually incorporating a steel tube fuselage frame (DH.60M) into a military trainer, the DH.60T. The DH.60G and M models were also built in Norway, Sweden, France, Australia, Canada and the USA.
The DH.60M Moth incorporated a welded steel tube fuselage and was powered by a Gipsy I or II engine. The structure was designed for durability, especially in harsh climates, and was the first step towards major development of the type as a multi-role military aircraft.