De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk

Pictures : Luc Dujardin © sbap 2011


Walkaround of this well known Canadian built trainer. The walkaround his made with pictures of Mk 22 models buit previously for the Royal Air Force.


Crew: 2, student & instructor
Length: 25 ft 5 in
Wingspan: 34 ft 4 in
Height: 7 ft in
Wing area: 172 ft²
Empty weight: 1,517 lb
Loaded weight: 2,014 lb
Max takeoff weight: 2,200 lb
Powerplant: 1× de Havilland
Gipsy Major 1C, 145 hp

Maximum speed: 138 mph at
sea level (140 mph is also given)
Cruise speed: 104 mph
Range: 259 mil
Service ceiling: 15,800 ft
Rate of climb: 900 ft/min
Wing loading: 11.709 lb/ft²
Power/mass: 13.889 hp/lb


The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engine trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years. The de Havilland Chipmunk was the first postwar aviation project of de Havilland Canada.

Design and development
The Chipmunk was designed to succeed the de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane trainer that was widely used during the Second World War. Wsiewołod Jakimiuk, a Polish engineer, created the first indigenous design of the aircraft at de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. It is an all-metal, low wing, tandem two-place, single engine aircraft with a conventional tail wheel landing gear and fabric-covered control surfaces. The wing is also fabric-covered aft of the spar. A clear perspex canopy covers the pilot/student (front) and instructor/passenger (rear) positions. The Chipmunk prototype, flew for the first time at Downsview, Toronto on 22 May 1946 with Pat Fillingham, test pilot from the parent de Havilland company, at the controls. The production version of the airplane was powered by a 145 hp (108 kW) in-line de Havilland Gipsy Major 8 engine while the prototype was powered by a 145 hp (108 kW) de Havilland Gipsy Major 1C.
Two Chipmunk aircraft were evaluated by the
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) at RAF Boscombe Down. As a result, the fully-aerobatic Chipmunk version was ordered as basic trainer for the Royal Air Force. The Royal Canadian Air Force also adopted the Chipmunk as basic trainer.
British-built and early Canadian-built Chipmunks are notably different from the later Canadian-built RCAF/Lebanese versions. The later Canadian-built airplanes have a
bubble canopy, while early Canadian, and all Portuguese and British examples have the multi-panelled sliding canopy, the rearmost panels of which are bulged for better instructor visibility.
The Chipmunk was a great military success. 26 countries flown the DHC-1 as trainer aircraft, selfs the Belgian Air Force got 2 aircraft for evaluations but it’s the Stampe & Vertongen SV4bis who was choosen to replace the Tiger Moth fleet.
From the 1950s onward, the Chipmunk also became a popular civilian aircraft, being used for training,
aerobatics and crop spraying. Most civilian aircraft are ex-military like the two Belgian plane that became respectively OO-PSC (ex C1) and OO-MER (ex C2).
Today, over 500 DHC-1 Chipmunk (affectionately known as "Chippie") remain airworthy with more being rebuilt every year…

The detail pictures hereunder are taken from different aircraft.

Inner wing and front canopy The canopy and the moving rail
Closing and rescue opening system
Engine left side Engine details
Engine right side Spinner
Air intake and engine cover closing system Warning inscriptions
Battery Electrical power connector
Priming points on the left engine cover Fuel feel point and gauge
Main landing gear
Port tip and position light
Starbord tip and position light
Stepping reinforcement Flight control and trim tab
Fuel point and extiguisher location
No step pictogram Tailplane and elevators
  No step !  
Anti spin fairing
Wing and flight control dopped texture
Tailplane details Canopy rail
Note the structure reinforcement at end of canopy Landing light
Metalic structure for the fuselage and the front part of the wing
Forward control pannel Pilot office
Rear control pannel Straps fixation point
Front control pannel of the G-BCGC Front control pannel of the G-BWVZ
Compass Engine table
G-BCGC forward control pannel and the difference with the G-BCPU

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