|Sk 9 - De Havilland D.H. 60T Moth Trainer (1931-1947)|
1931, the stock of aircraft at the
School (F 5) at Ljungbyhed was almost worn out. Due to frequent
troubles with the old Mercedes engines, a grounding order was issued for
the Sk 6 Heinkel HD 36. This
order lead to the situation that the school did not have one single
basic trainer at its disposal.
de Havilland D.H. 60X Cirrus Moth was purchased in 1928 for the
rescue expedition north of Spitsbergen. The mission of this
expedition was to find and rescue the crew of the crashed airship
Italia. During this successful expedition, where several aircraft from
the Swedish Air Force took part, the Moth had showed good performance.
To get a quick solution of the problem at Ljungbyhed, ten de Havilland
Moth Trainers were purchased and delivered during the summer of
1931. The aircraft got the designation
Sk 9 was not really the type of aeroplane the
Flying School needed. It
was safe and easy to handle, too easy for military flight training. It
was hard to conclude which of the pupils that had bad talent for flying.
The Sk 9 was also unsuitable for reconnaissance service and practice
Sk 9 was transferred to the Air Staff in November 1931. Four aircraft
had to be written off after crashes in the course of four months after
delivery. Really bad luck.
remaining Sk 9s were used at Ljungbyhed until 1937, when the three
surviving machines were provided to the Air Force Wings F 1 at Västerås
and F 3 at Malmen. During ten years, they were used for liaison and
Sk 9 was also used for training of naval pilots. At this occasions, the
aircraft were fitted with floats and redesignated Sk 9H (H =
Sk 9H is exhibited at Flygvapenmuseum
(photo at top). The aircraft was sold to the civil market and was in
very bad shape when it was bought back in the seventies from a private
collector. It is now restored in the most splendid way and fitted with
original Sk 9H floats. SwAF/n 108. C/n 1720. Ex.
Below: Advertisement from "Flygning" magazine, September 1931.
Length: 7,45 m. Span: 9,15 m. MTOW: 636 kg. Max.speed: 170 km/h.
© Lars Henriksson