Ital­ian Puss Moth restored

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A rare DH80A Puss Moth, dis­cov­ered by life­long avi­a­tion en­thu­si­ast and Puss Moth owner Tim Wil­liams in a poor state in Italy, has been fully restored in the UK. Regis­tered I-FOGL on 30 April 1931, the Puss Moth c/n 2114 was built at Stag Lane, Mid­dle­sex for Dr An­to­nio Foglia in Mi­lan and was de­liv­ered to him at Taliedo in June. Af­ter he’d flown the Puss Moth in the Lit­to­rio Air Rally, it was with­drawn from use in 1936 and stored with only 300 hours’ recorded flight time. In 1957, Dr Foglia pre­sented it to the Na­tional Mu­seum of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in Mi­lan, where it was sus­pended from the roof for over fifty years, grad­u­ally de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, un­til re­moved and stored.

Hav­ing met Dr Foglia’s grand­son and be­friended the mu­seum’s cu­ra­tors, Tim per­suaded them to let him re­store the Puss Moth and ob­tained fund­ing from the Foglia fam­ily to do so. In 2012, I-FOGL was crated up and shipped to Tim’s work­shop near Hunger­ford, Berk­shire. The work took five-and-a-hal­fyears and, on 13 Septem­ber 2018, its Gipsy III en­gine was started for only the sec­ond time since 1936. On 4 Oc­to­ber 2018, I-FOGL was crated-up and shipped back to Mi­lan. Af­ter an un­veil­ing cer­e­mony, it will be put back on pub­lic dis­play in all its glory.

Re­port & photo: Adrian M Balch

Puss Moth I-FOGL'S Septem­ber en­gine run be­fore its re­turn to Italy

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