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1920s - 1930s Aircraft

Many New Zealanders in the 1920s and 1930s took to the burgeoning field of aviation with great enthusiasm and as such there are many aircraft in New Zealand from this period. The aircraft represented on this page are some of those early arrivals in the country, along with some of the more recent 'vintage' arrivals.

de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth
The private flying movement in British Commonwealth countries was largely built on the reliability, price and ease of operation of the de Havilland DH-60 Moth which first flew in 1925. .... More
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth

This famous training aircraft was designed in 1931 as an improved Gipsy Moth, the latter having first appeared in 1925. During the Second World War the British designed Tiger Moth was built in many.... More

de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth
Designed as a trans-channel passenger aircraft, the DH-83 Fox Moth could carry three or four passengers in the enclosed cabin in addition to the pilot ... More
de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
The Dragon went into production in 1930, and was a modified version of a design initially intended to produce a light bomber for the Iraqi Air Force. 202 aircraft of the type were produced before ... More
de Havilland DH.89 Dominie
The de Havilland DH.89 was developed in 1933/34 as a light general purpose transport aircraft. Up until 1939, 206 examples of the DH.89A aircraft were built, and were known as the Dragon Rapide. From 1939 on ... More
de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly
The elegant DH-90 Dragonfly was designed as a five seat business/commuter aircraft with good performance on two Gipsy Major engines. The prototype aircraft first flew in August 1935, and a total of ... More
Lincoln Sport
Lincoln Sport
The Lincoln Sport was designed in 1930 in the USA for amateur construction. ZK-BMV was commenced in 1932, but didn't fly until 1940. Highly modified and running an English Bristol Cherub engine, this aircraft ... More
Lockheed Electra
Lockheed Electra 12a Jnr
The beautifully restored classic business aircraft belonging to ex-United Airlines Boeing 777 Captain Patrick Donovan, spent several years in New Zealand before heading back to the USA ... More
Beech Model 17 Staggerwing
The Beech model 17 Staggerwing flew for the first time in 1932 and was one of the fastest aircraft in the world at the time. This powerful aircraft proved to be a handful for many pilots, particularly on ... More
Boing Stearman Model 75 Kaydet
Just as the familiar de Havilland Tiger Moth was the principal basic trainer for pilots in British Commonwealth countries during the Second World war, so the Boeing Stearman Kaydet performed that same... More
Ryan STM
Ryan STM
First flown in 1934 as the Ryan Sport-Trainer, this aircraft was later developed into a military trainer (hence STM). The charismatic Ryan ST series is admired all around the world for its fine handling qualities... More
Ryan PT-22
Ryan PT-22
Of similar configuration to the Ryan STM, the more advanced PT-22 was actually a completely new design. The most obvious change was the engine, with the new unit being a five cylinder Kinner radial... More
Polikarpov Po-2
Thought to be the highest production military aircraft type in history, the Russian Po-2 first flew in 1928 and went into production soon afterward. Between 1948 and 1953, large numbers of .... More



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