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De Havilland DH.82 “Tigermoth”

The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s British biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and many other operators as a primary trainer aircraft. In addition to the type’s principal use for ab-initio training, the Second World War saw RAF Tiger Moths operating in other capacities, including maritime surveillance and defensive anti-invasion preparations; some aircraft were even outfitted to function as armed light bombers.

The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until it was succeeded and replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk during the early 1950s. Many of the military surplus aircraft subsequently entered into civil operation. Many nations have used the Tiger Moth in both military and civil applications, and it remains in widespread use as a recreational aircraft in several countries. It is still occasionally used as a primary training aircraft, particularly for those pilots wanting to gain experience before moving on to other tailwheel aircraft. Many Tiger Moths are now employed by various companies offering trial lesson experiences. The de Havilland Moth club, founded in 1975, is now an owners’ association offering a mutual club and technical support.

1932 De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth


Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 2
Length: 23 ft 11 in (7.29 m)
Wingspan: 29 ft 4 in (8.94 m)
Height: 8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)
Empty Weight: 1,115 lb (506 kg)
Max Take Off Weight: 1,825 lb (828 kg)


Speed: 109 mph (175 km/h, 95 kn) at 109 mph (95 kn; 175 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 13,600 ft (4,100 m)
Range: 3302 mi (486 km, 262 nmi)


Bombs: Up to 8× 20 lb (9.1 kg) bombs

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