Delving under the skin of Wsiewołod Jakimiuk’s masterpiece
The DHC-1 Chipmunk is a two-seat, single-engine, low-wing cantilever monoplane of metal construction, with full dual controls. The fuselage consists of two major sections. The forward one, which accommodates the tandem cockpits, is built around four main longerons carried on pressed formers. These longerons are interspaced with a series of modified Z-section stringers t distribute the loads over the skin. The firewall forms the front of this section, which terminates immediately aft of the rear cockpit.