de Havilland DH53 Humming Bird

Aircraft overview:

The DH53 Humming Bird was de Havillands’ first venture into the light plane field. It was fitted with a 750cc Douglas motorcycle engine, later, the 26 hp Blackburne Tomtit 670cc engine. The DH53 Humming Bird was ordered by the Royal Air Force and also for experimental work; this included launching and retrieval from the airship, R-33. Two DH53s were fitted with a pylon and pick-up gear for attachment to a trapeze lowered from the airship.


Aircraft specifications:

Power Unit: 1 x Blackburne Tomtit inverted vee, two cylinder engine, 26 hp (19 kW)

Wing Span: 30 ft 1 in (9.17 m)

Length: 19 ft 8 in (6 m)

Loaded Weight: 565 lb (256 kg)

Max Speed: 73 mph (117 kph)

Cruise Speed: 60 mph (97 kph)

Ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,572 m)

Range: 150 miles (241 km)


In Storage:

The Museum’s exhibit is the fuselage of J7326.