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The de Havilland Moth

The de Havilland Moth

New Zealand aviation historians credit the de Havilland Moth with the revival of flying in the late 1920s, following the demise of the country’s three aviation companies earlier that decade. Imported in large numbers, the Moth was a cheap and reliable two-seater biplane, attractive to both professional and amateur pilots. This one is taking off from Wellington’s Rongotai airfield in the late 1920s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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Peter Aimer, 'Aviation - An aviation industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Peter Aimer, published 12 Jun 2006