DH.85 Leopard Moth

DH.85 Leopard Moth

The prototype DH.85 Leopard Moth was first flown from Stag Lane Aerodrome by Captain Geoffrey de Havilland on 27 May 1933. A three-seat aircraft, the design was similar to the DH.80A Puss Moth from which type many lessons had been learned. A significant difference between the two was that the fuselage of the Leopard Moth had reverted to a traditional wooden box construction. The Leopard Moth was a fast, comfortable and economic tourer and quickly became Captain de Havilland's favourite aeroplane, not least because when flying a pre-production model he won The King's Cup Air Race starting and finishing at Hatfield in July 1933.