de Havilland Tiger Moth
A little History of the DH 82 Tiger Moth. The DH82 Tiger Moth resulted from a line of development that began in 1925 with the first DH60 Moth. This was a light aircraft, which epitomised private flying in the post World War One period. The De Havilland brothers designed the Moth in the attempt to create a plane that was easy to fly, cheap to purchase and maintain, and small to minimise hanger space required. The Tiger Moth was a rugged single bay biplane design with a wooden (Spruce) structure, covered by fabric on the wings and tail surfaces, and ply on the fuselage. It was powered by a De Havilland Gypsy III, a 130 horse power engine, had a range of 300 miles (483 km), a cruising speed of 85 mph (136 km/h), a top speed of 109 mph (175km/h), and could climb at 700 Ft/Min (213.35 m/Min) to a ceiling of 17000 Ft (5181.30 m) (Sharp, 1960).

The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth was a 1930s biplane designed by de Havilland and operated by the Royal Air Force and others as a primary trainer. It remained in service with the RAF until 1950 when many of the surplus aircraft entered civil operation that continues to this day.

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