De Havilland Canada 1 Chipmunk T. Mk 20 P130
 

 

Historic background

The DHC1 Chipmunk was the first aircraft designed at the Canadian subsidiary of the famous De Havilland Company in 1945. The designer was Wsiewołod Jakimiuk who worked for the famous Polish company PZL before World War 2. The aircraft answered a British Air Ministry requirement for a replacement of the Tiger Moth. De Havilland Canada later evolved to became a major aerospace company.

 

This basic training aircraft meet immediate success and was produced in Canada and the UK. The production summed 1283 exemplars including 66 produced under license in Portugal.

 

Two Chipmunks were purchased by Belgium for evaluation but it was the Stampe Renard SV 4 who was selected as the primary training aircraft of the Belgian Air Force.

 

The Royal Danish Air Force bought 27 Chipmunks T.Mk. 20 from 1950 to 1953, all built in England - they were used by The Flying School, the Mechanics School and various Station Flights until 1977, when most were sold to private users and civilised as Mk. 22. Many are still flying today. An estimated 2700 Danish pilots were trained in the Chipmunks and 87.000 flying hours accumulated during the DHC-1 service with the RDAF

 

An estimated of 500 Chipmunks are still in use. Belgium houses every year the Chipmeet, a meeting of DHC1 Chipmunks owners practicing together aerobatics and formation flight..

The De Havilland Canada 1 Chipmunk T. Mk 20 P130

The Museum acquired Two chipmunks from Danish origin in June 1977. The Stampe & Renard SV-4 V-62 went to Denmark and the Museum received the Chipmunk P130 / c/nC1-0109 and P-132. The P-132 was later exchanged with the Jean Salis Collecion in France. P-130 belonged to the Mecanics School ay Værløse AFB. It was grounded from 1954 - and didn't fly again.

The Chipmunk was transferred to a school for restoration but after some years, the aircraft came back at the Museum. At this time, some parts have been lost and a difficult quest was started to try to have the needed documentation and a complete airframe the day a full restoration will started.

In 2008, the Chipmunk was transferred to the Vissenaken depot.

There is no plan today to restore this aircraft but the hunt for the missing parts is still open.

The Chipmunk is another important product of the De Havilland Company. The collection already includes a Mosquito, à Tiger Moth and a Dragon Rapide of this major british manufacturer. The Chipmunk is also another example of training aircraft like the Tiger Moth, T6 or the Yak.

This machine was also a concurrent of the local build SV-4.

 

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