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Range of a Gypsy Moth?

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Den Moran29/03/2019 10:47:55
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Hi,everyone -this is really for 'everything flying'! I'm reading about Amy Johnson, and her epic trips, and I wondered - does anyone have any idea of the range of a DH Gypsy Moth, please? Cheers, Den, Llangyfelach.

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Geoff Sleath29/03/2019 11:32:25
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Francis Chichester flew his across the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia with a refuelling stop on Lord Howe Island. Really a feat of navigation as much as aviation. He did have floats fitted but I doubt landing (seaing?) in the middle of the ocean would have helped much


PatMc29/03/2019 12:35:38
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Amy's aircraft had, as you would expect, long range tanks fitted. Here's a link with some details of the flight to Australia. The link is to a pdf file from East Riding museums. there may be a security caution when downloading. 
AFAICS first two legs were the longest at about 780 miles, average distance of 16 legs was about 600 miles but wind speed & direction would have made a a big difference.

Edited By PatMc on 29/03/2019 13:14:16

Simon Chaddock29/03/2019 14:09:56
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I believe a special prop was also used being set for max cruise efficiency rather than the standard set for best all round performance..I understand such a prop makes a significant difference in the order of 10% better mpg.

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