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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24745
Last updated: 12 September 2019
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Date:19-JAN-1930
Time:
Type:de Havilland DH.61 Giant Moth
Owner/operator:Imperial Airways Ltd
Registration: G-AAEV
C/n / msn: 335
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia -   Zambia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Destination airport:South Africa
Narrative:
First registered 26.2.29 to Alan Cobham Aviation Co, and named 'Youth of Britain'. Used by Sir Alan Cobham in an aviation promotional tour of the United Kingdom lasting 21 weeks and ending on 7.10.29. During the tour, Cobham flew 60,000 miles (97,000 km), visited 110 towns and took aloft 40,000 passengers, including 10,000 schoolchildren free of charge. Among those who experienced their first flight in Cobham's Giant Moth was Eric Lock, who grew up to become a Royal Air Force fighter ace during the Battle of Britain.

Sold on (and re-registered to) Imperial Airways Ltd., Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey 16.1.30 intended to be used for survey flights. However, just three days later on its initial flight with Imperial Airways, G-AAEV was written off (damaged beyond repair) when it crashed at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) on 19.1.1930. All seven occupants slightly injured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Flight was from UK to South Africa. Registration cancelled by the Air Ministry March 1930

Sources:

1. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AAEV.pdf
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A.html
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1930/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-61-giant-moth-in-broken-hill/]
4. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/75-register-gb-g-aa
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Giant_Moth
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p003.html
7. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/308129-can-anyone-help-identifying-aircraft.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-Oct-2012 08:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
03-Nov-2017 20:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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