Around 1930, with the name Moth becoming synonymous with a light aircraft, de Havilland franchised building the DH.60 to companies around the world, including Morane Saulnier in France. F-AJNY was an MS.60M Metal Moth, so called for having a steel frame, fabric covered rear fuselage replacing the previous plywood arrangement. It was soon sold to a Swiss owner but in 1984 was imported to Britain and registered G-AANV, the Civil Aviation Authority then offering appropriate ‘period’ marks which had not been issued at the time. It returns this month to the country of its manufacture after a gap of 85 years.
Morane-saulnier MS.60M Metal Moth G-AANV has returned to its native France