de Havilland DH 80 Puss Moth performance and specifications

The DH. 80 and 80A Puss Moth were developed as cabin monoplanes to provide more comfort than was possible in open cockpits with heavy clothing. Popular with the general flying public, Puss Moths were bought by private owners and commercial operators alike. Possessing economic fuel economy, several were used for long-distance record attempts.

Australian H.J. “Bert” Hinkler purchased a Puss Moth in 1931 and flew solo from Toronto to England via Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Unlike previous Moths, the Puss Moth had its D.H. Gypsy engine inverted, with the cylinders pointing down to increase the pilot’s visibility over the nose and to reduce, it is suspected, the amount of oil blown onto the windscreen. The wings could be folded for storage in a garage, or towing down a road. The undercarriage struts could be rotated 90 degrees, slowing the aircraft and steepening the glide for landing in small areas.

Engine: one D.H. Gipsy Major, 130 hp, inverted in-line, 4-cylinder engine 
 wing Span: length: height: wing area:  Wing Span:6 ft 9 in (11.2 m) 
Length: 25 ft (7.6 m) 
Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.1 m) 
empty weight: max. weight: Weight, Empty: 1,265 lb (574 kg) 
Weight, Gross:2,050 lb (930 kg) 




Cruising Speed: 108 mph (174 km/h) 
Max Speed:95 mph (152 km/h) 
Rate of Climb:650 ft (198 m)/min 
Service Ceiling:17,000 ft (5,180 m) 
Range: 430 mi (692 km)