DH.94 Moth Minor

DH.94 Moth Minor

The DH.94 Moth Minor, the last of the line of de Havilland Moths, was designed by a small, hand-picked group of top students who had graduated from the de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School. The aircraft was deliberately basic in construction and, powered by a new small engine, the 90hp Gipsy Minor, was intended as a cheap first-cost trainer suitable for civil flying clubs with particular relevance to the Civil Air Guard. Test flown by Geoffrey de Havilland Jnr from Hatfield on 22 June 1937, and later offered in a coupe version, the type received hundreds of orders and production was in full swing when war was declared. Together with drawings, jigs and tools, all unfinished airframes were hurriedly despatched to Australia where they were completed by the associated company using all available component parts.