DH.83 and DH.83C Fox Moth

DH.83 and DH.83C Fox Moth

The DH.83 Fox Moth was conceived in 1931 by her designer, Arthur Hagg, as a cheap transport to convey him. his family and their yachting gear from London to the South Coast of England. Using DH.82 Tiger Moth wings, tail and undercarriage mated to a new high-lift fuselage capable of accommodating up to four passengers plus a pilot in a separate cockpit, the prototype was flown from Stag Lane Aerodrome by Hubert Broad on 29 January 1932. The British programme of construction ended in 1934 but, in Canada, where the type was used extensively on wheels, skis and float undercarriages by companies operating in the bush, the de Havilland associated company in Toronto resumed production in 1945 producing more than 50 aircraft under designation DH.83C ('C' for 'Canada') using component airframe parts and engines reclaimed from military surplus DH.82C Tiger Moths.