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de Havilland D.H.87 Hornet Moth

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
Primary function Liaison
Power plant One de Havilland Gipsy Major I engine
Thrust 127 HP 95 kW
Wingspan 32 ft 9.73 m
Length 25 ft 7.61m
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
Crew Two
Date deployed 1935
First flight 165

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