Cabin biplane, designed as trainer and touring aircraft. During WWII the RAF used a few as liaison aircraft.
The original Hornet Moth was built with tapering wings, but these were found to cause problems especially when landing in three-point attitude when there was a tendency for the tips to stall, causing embarrassment to the pilot and quite often damage to the aeroplane. De Havilland offered owners of the DH87a replacement wings of the new squarer shape at a reduced price in exchange for the original wings.
|General characteristics D.H.87B|
|Power plant||One de Havilland Gipsy Major I engine|
|Thrust||127 HP||95 kW|
|Wingspan||32 ft||9.73 m|
|Height||6.6 ft||2.01 m|
|Wingarea||220 sq ft||20.44 sq m|
|Weight||empty||1,241 lb||563 kg|
|max.||1,951 lb||885 kg|
|Speed||124 mph||200 km/h|
|Ceiling||14,800 ft||4,510 m|
|Range||620 mi||998 km|
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