November 27, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
If you happen to be in Paris Feb. 6 and 7, drop by the Grand Palais to watch—or participate in—the sale of the same 1929 de Havilland DH60GMW Gipsy Moth flown by the character Denys Finch Hatton, played by Robert Redford opposite Meryl Streep, in the movie Out of Africa. It is expected to be sold for more than $180,000. In the movie it flew above the Kenyan savannah.
The 1985 movie won seven Oscars.
The London-based auction company Bonhams says the biplane is still in the yellow-and-black colors used in the movie, can still fly, and has all the paperwork needed for takeoff. It is registered as G-AAMY to honor the British aviation pioneer Amy Johnson.
The Moth has a 30-foot wingspan and can scream along at 105 mph.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Advocates for Santa Monica Municipal Airport gathered Aug. 25 to rally support for Measure D, a ballot initiative that would require voter approval before the airport can be closed or redeveloped.
“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.
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