GILLES AULIARD COLLECTION
No. 6913. de Havilland D.H.83 Fox Moth (C-FYPM c/n 4033)
Photographed at Geneseo, New York, USA, July 12, 2007, by Gilles Auliard

de Havilland D.H.83 Fox Moth

10/31/2007. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "This aircraft was sold to the Prince of Wales and registered as G-ACAJ in November 1932, re-registered as G-ACDD in December and operated by the Royal Flight. On June 1, 1933 it was sold and registered as OO-ENC to Guy Hansez of Brussels, Belgium and participated in the Egyptian International Air Rally in December 1933. It also made two fast return trips to the Congo in 1934 and 1935.

It was sold to de Havilland in May 1935, registered again as G-ACDD and on June14, 1935 it was resold to Malcolm T Farquharson Ltd. It was sold to New Zealand and registered to Air Travel Ltd. as ZK-AEK on May 10, 1936. It crashed at Franz Joseph Glacier on October 29, 1943, rebuilt with a new fuselage, it returned to service on May 21 1944 and stayed with the airline till September 30, 1947, when it was taken over by National Airways Corporation.

In 1953 it was converted to a crop sprayer and changed ownership a few times, being exported to Fiji where it was registered as VQ-FAT on April 10, 1957 and eventually grounded on October 29, 1959, the registration was cancelled the following month. The aircraft returned to New Zealand where it was restored by Croydon Aircraft Company. Registered again as ZK-AEK the aircraft flew again in May 1993. This aircraft is now part of the Vintage Wings of Canada Foundation Collection, and was registered as C-FYPM on February 7, 2007."

Created October 31, 2007