Moss M.A.1

Moss M.A.1
Moss M.A.1
Moss M.A.1 at Blackpool (Squires Gate) airport on 27 August 1949 wearing racing No. 26
Role light utility aircraft
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Moss Brothers Aircraft Ltd
Designer W.H.Moss
First flight 1937
Retired crashed 17 June 1950
Primary user private owner
Number built 1
Variants Moss M.A.2

The Moss M.A.1 was a British light two-seat low-winged sporting monoplane of the 1930s.


Design and construction

The Moss M.A.1 was designed and built in 1937 at the Moss Brothers Aircraft Ltd factory in Chorley, Lancashire, England. It was of wooden construction with fixed tail-wheel undercarriage and had two separate open cockpits, arranged in tandem.[1]

Flying career

The M.A.1 was flown in several U.K. air races prewar, then was stored between 1939 and 1945.

The aircraft competed postwar with the rear cockpit faired over. W.H.Moss flew it in the Kings Cup Air Race at Wolverhampton (Pendeford) Airport on 17 June 1950. He was killed during the race that day, when the aircraft crashed at the Newport, Shropshire turn.[1]

Specification (Cabin model)

Data from Grey 1972 p.61c

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 23 ft 3 in (7.09 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Wing area: 154 ft2 (14.3 m2)
  • Empty weight: 880 lb (400 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,400 lb (635 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pobjoy Niagara III 7-cylinder radial, 95 hp (71 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 120 mph (193 km/h)
  • Range: 500 miles (805 km)
  • Service ceiling: 13,000 ft (3.962 m)
  • Rate of climb: initial 700 ft/min (3.56 m/s)


  1. ^ a b Jackson, 1974, p. 273
  • Grey, C.G. (1972). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1938. London: David & Charles. ISBN 0715 35734 4. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 - Volume 3. Putnam & Company Limited. ISBN 0-370-10014-X. 

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