Italian Puss Moth restored
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 After he’d flown the Puss Moth in the Littorio Air Rally, it was withdrawn from use in 1936 and stored with only 300 hours’ recorded flight time.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.
Puss Moth I-FOGL'S September engine run before its return to Italy