deHavilland T 10 Chipmunk
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History: Developed just after World War II,
the DHC-1 Chipmunk was the first aircraft designed by deHavilland of Canada to replace the
deHavilland Tiger Moth as a single-engine basic trainer. The
Chipmunk first flew on 22 May 1946. Initially, 218 Chipmunks were built for the Royal
Canadian Air Force, followed, after a change to the Gipsy Major 8 engine, by 735 planes
for the RAFs primary pilot training bases. These were designated as T 10s.
The British version also differed by being fully aerobatic
and having a sliding, multi-paneled canopy rather than the bubble typical in
Canada. Another 217 of the versatile, easily-mastered Chipmunks were built for export
sale, and 60 were built under license in Portugal. Not fully retired until 1996, many
examples are still flying in private hands worldwide. [History by Jeff VanDerford]
Nicknames: Chippie; Flying Sardine
Specifications (T Mk 10):
Engine: One 145-hp deHavilland Gypsy Major 8 inline piston engine.
Weight: Empty 1425 lbs., Max
Takeoff 2014 lbs.
Wing Span: 34ft. 4in.
Length: 25ft. 5in.
Height: 7ft. 0in.
138 mph at sea level
Range: 280 miles
Number Built: 1,075+
Number Still Airworthy: 130+
[Chipmunk Pilot Report
by Budd Davisson]
Cockpit Photo (DHC-1 Chipmunk N26JH):
(Click for larger)
Aviation -- Chipmunk flight training, and scenic / aerobatic / formation
flights in Sydney, Australia.
Chipmeet -- Chipmunk gathering in Belgium
"Cozy Driver Rides in a
Chipmunk" -- An article by Joe Hobbs
CNAPG Chipmunk Page including
searchable database of serial numbers.
Aviation Images: Chipmunk Photo Feature
Support -- Maintenance and regulatory support for the Chipmunk.
Kiwi Aircraft Images'
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