Genairco Biplane

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General Aircraft Co Genairco Bundaberg Vabre.jpg
Genairco inflight at Bundaberg Airport
Role Utility aircraft
National origin Australia
Manufacturer Genairco
Designer George Beohm[1][2]
First flight 1929
Status Three extant
Number built 9
Manufacturer Harkness and Hillier[2]
Designed by Don Harkness

The Genairco Biplane (also known as the Genairco Moth) was a utility biplane built in small numbers in Australia in the late 1920s and early 1930s.[2]

Design and construction[edit]

It was a conventional single-bay biplane with fixed tailskid undercarriage, with a fuselage based on the de Havilland Moth and wings based on the Avro Avian. The fuselage, however, was wider than that of the Moth, allowing two passengers to be carried seated side-by-side in an open cockpit ahead of the pilot's. Some later examples of the type featured an enclosed cabin for the passengers, and these were known as Genairco Cabin Biplanes, with the original design retrospectively named the Genairco Open Biplane.


Three Genairco biplanes have survived.


  • VH-UOD, an Open Biplane, was restored and is maintained in airworthy condition.

United States[edit]

  • N240G (previously VH-UOH and then VH-UUI), a Cabin Biplane, was exported from Australia in 1966 and is awaiting restoration by the Fantasy of Flight museum at Polk City, Florida.


Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 2 pax
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 9 in (9.37 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.7 m)
  • Empty weight: 944 lb (428 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,100 lb (953 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Harkness Hornet[2] , 115 hp (86 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden fixed-pitch propeller


  • Maximum speed: 105 mph (169 km/h, 91 kn) *Landing speed:38 mph (33 kn; 61 km/h)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)


  1. ^ "Aust. Plane Designer Back Here". The Sun. No. 10852. New South Wales, Australia. 31 October 1944. p. 7 (LATE FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved 8 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia. ,...
  2. ^ a b c d "AUSTRALIA BUILDS HER FIRST AEROPLANE". Daily Pictorial. No. 15, 897. New South Wales, Australia. 21 November 1930. p. 1. Retrieved 8 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia. , ...FIRST ALL-AUSTRALIAN BUILT 'PLANE after highly successful tests at Mascot yesterday. The 'plane, which has been called the Genairco," was designed and built by Mr. Geo. Beohm, and the engine was designed by Mr. Don Harkness, and built by Harkness and Hillier, of Five Dock. In the picture are:. Mr. Childs (Commissioner of Police), Capt. Leggatt (pilot), Mr. Geo. Beohm, the Governor, Mr. Boyle (managing director, General Aircraft Co.), and Mr. Don Harkness...
  3. ^ Grey, C.G., ed. (1931). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1931. London: Sampson Low, Marston & company, ltd. p. 80c.

Further reading[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 417.

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