de Havilland Tiger MothA 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.