Tuesday, December 16, 2008
DE HAVILLAND DH-82 “TIGER MOTH "
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,825. Empty wt. 1,115. Engine 130 hp Gipsy Major 1.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 109. Cruise mph 90. Stall mph 43. Initial climb rate 673. Range 300. Ceiling 13,600.
The Tiger Moth was the final refinement of the twoplace Moth series. Distinguished in part from its predecessors by its swept-back folding wings and more powerful Gipsy Major engine, the Tiger Moth first flew in October 1931, and more than 1,000 had been delivered by the outbreak of World War II. During the war, the British government adopted the biplane as a primary trainer for military flying schools throughout the Commonwealth. Between 1939 and 1945, de Havilland built 4,005 Tiger Moths in the United Kingdom and 1,747 in Canada. After the plane was declared surplus in 1947, it became perhaps the most widely operated biplane in Canada and Europe. Several examples have recently been imported into the United States and are finding great favor for their acrobatic capability and antiquated appearance.