In this book Stuart McKay tells the story of the achievements of the de Havilland DH.60 Moth aircraft, which was to set new standards from its introduction in 1925 and was the kernel of the light aircraft movement until the outbreak of the Second World War. The design was the distillation of ideas long considered by Captain Geoffrey de Havilland and his colleagues and included many invative ideas such as folding wings. The key to success was the design of the 60-hp Cirrus engine, which was built to a specification created specially for the Moth, and the new machine was soon chosen by the Air Ministry to equip a national network of subsidised Light Aeroplane Clubs, the first such scheme anywhere in the world and later copied by a number of overseas governments. This comprehensive book covers the achievements of the DH.60 in its various forms: the Cirrus Moth, DH.60G Gipsy Moth, DH.60X, DH.60M Metal Moth, DH.60T Moth Trainer and DH.60T Tiger Moth, DH.60GIII and GIII Moth Major and the modifications that created special Moths for racing, rallying, endurance, speed and height record attempts. The aircraft was adapted for use on floats and skis, fitted with a capy and developed as a military trainer equipped with a machine gun, wireless telegraphy and bomb racks.
Stuart McKay learned to fly on a Beagle Terrier 2 powered by a de Havilland Gipsy Major engine at White Waltham in 1963 and, beginning in 1966, built a Jodel D9 single seat monoplane, Stuart is Secretary of the de Havilland Moth Club, Editor of the Club's magazine The Moth and Secretary of the de Havilland Educational Trust. He was lead negotiator with British Aerospace, later BAE Systems, which resulted in the formation of a new company, de Havilland Support Ltd.