INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT
Preserved and airworthy Tiger Moth VH-SCC
The Tiger Moth is one of the major success stories of the aviation.
The pre-war biplane trainer Tiger Moth was evolved from the DH 60 Gipsy
Moth, a 1924 design. Flown for the first time on 26 October, 1931, the
Tiger Moth was subsequently developed during the early 1930s as a military
trainer. The DH 82 was powered by a 120 hp Gipsy II engine, but the
1939 DH 82a received the 145 hp Gipsy Major. More than 1,000 Tiger
Moths were delivered before WWII, and subsequently 4,005 were built in
the UK and shipped all over the world. 1,747 were built in Canada (the
majority being DH 82c's with enclosed cockpits, brakes, and tail wheels),
1,085 in Australia and 345 in New Zealand. A number of Tiger Moths have
been converted as four-seat cabin biplanes know as the Jackaroo.
It was a basic trainer of the BCATP (British Commonwealth Air Training
Plan) during WWII, where by air crews from all over the British Commonwealth
trained in Canada; and with the RAF in India, South Africa and elsewhere.
The Tiger Moth along with the Harvard was selected as the favoured trainer
aircraft in Canada, Australia and New Zealand as part of the Empire Air
Training Scheme (EATS) or British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP),
and trained many Fleet Air Arm personnel. The BCATP evolved following a
meeting of Government representatives from United Kingdom, Australia, New
Zealand and Canada in Ottawa, and signed an agreement to set up the Plan
in December 1939, converting Canada into what President Roosevelt later
termed "the aerodrome of democracy." The first schools opened in Canada
in April 1940, and by 24 November 1940 the first trainees from the Scheme
arrived in the UK. In total 137,000 aircrew came to Canada from all corners
of the globe to earn their wings in the British Commonwealth Air Training
Plan. One of the main training schools was at the RCAF Station, Yarmouth,
Nova Scotia, Canada, where the Royal Navy had the eastern side of the airfield
whilst the RCAF flew anti-submarine patrols in Cansos from the other side
of the field.
At the end of WWII, pilots could buy and modify a Tiger Moth for recreational
or agricultural crop spraying use relatively cheaply. This, combined with
its popularity within the aero club movement, provided employment for the
Tiger Moths until the late fifties when the more modern closed cockpit
aircraft forced them into retirement.
In total over 8,700 Tiger Moths have been built, 4,200 of them for the
RAF alone. The
type is credited with training thousands of pilots for the Allied war
effort and remained in service until as late as 1951 in the UK and 1955
as "002" in the Dutch Navy in 1946
The Fleet Air Arm received all its 113 Tiger Moths as various transfers
from the RAF. THe first was deliverdd to 6 MU in September 1939 thence
to 780 squadron at Lee on solent in May 1940 (N9201). the majority of the
FAA Tiger Moths saw service with 780 squadron from July 1941 until 1943,
as well as 758 and 756 squadrons. Many ogf the aircraft were sent overseas
to Kenya, to the BCATP to RN airfields at Australia at Bankstown, Nowra,
and with the RAAF, also to Kai Tak, and Dekheila, as well as to RNARY Fayid.
The last aircraft in RN service were in September 1945 with Tiger Moth
A-17-750 of the RAAF flown by RN personnel, and in August 1946 with Tiger
Moth A17-84 RAAF flying with 721 squadron at Kai Tak.
Fleet Air Arm history
Havilland Tiger Moth
Total FAA 1939-1945
113 (others served in the Commonwealth as part of the BCATP)
First delivered to RN:
6 MU 9.39
First squadron 1939-1945: 780
sqdn Lee on solent 5.1940 (N9201).
Last served with RN
Battle Honours and Operational History
DH82 Tiger Moth
Date operating with
|One 145 hp
deHavilland Gipsy Major I four cylinder (inverted) engine
Wing Span: Length: Height: Wing
|Span 29 ft
Length: 23 ft 11"
Height 8 ft 10"
Wing area: 239 sq ft
Empty Weight: Max.Weight:
Loaded weight: 1,825 lbs.
Ceiling: 15,800 ft
(1833 post war in 1953)
|None with FAA
Additional references and notes:
None with the FAA
Preserved and airwirthy Tiger Moth VH-BJE of Antique
one of the first Australian built Tiger Moths, constructed
on 24 July 1940
Surviving aircraft and relics
There are over 400 wartime and pre-war Tiger Moths flying and preserved
around the world, most notably in UK, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
The number when including post-war examples may well be almost up to 1000.
The full number of former Fleet Air Arm Tiger Moths preserved today is
unknown, although at least 7 have conformed RN histories. Other naval aviation
Tiger Moths exist including one from the Netherlands Navy which is still
FAA Tiger Moth Mk II T8191/G-BWMK
Mk II T8191 (later designated G-BWMK) was on the strength of the Royal
Naval Historic Flight 1972-1994, and sold in 1994 to private owner in Welshpool.
It was built in 1941 by Morris Motors at Cowley and had a long service
career with both the RAF and the Royal Navy.
Former Naval aviation Tiger Moth PH-CSL preserved in
Another fomer naval aviation Tiger Moth known to be preserved
Moth PH-CSL and numbered as "002" ( (formerly PG 712, RNLAF A2, ex
OO-DJU). The aircraft, built in 1944, arrived in Holland in 1946 to serve
in the Royal Netherlands Air Force as the A-2, until 1961. In the mean
time the A-2 was lent out for a period of 2 years to the Royal Netherlands
Navy as the "002" (see picture above). In 1962 th A-2 left for Belgium
to become OO-DJU, and was based at Antwerp and Brasschaat Air Force Base.
In 1968 she was bought by the previous owner, and returned to Holland in
1971 as PH-CSL. Only then she was fitted with the Fokker tail, or "beddenplank"
Tiger Moth G-ANDE preserved in flying condition
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth Preserved Serial C1178,
RCAF 5875, C-GMFT Canadian Museum of Flight
Canadian Museum of Flight De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth Serial C1178,
RCAF 5875, C-GMFT: Restoration of this airplane was accomplished under
the first grant ever received from the British Columbia Provincial Government
in 1983. The airplane was built up from a small pile of bare frames
and parts, employing laid off apprentice aircraft mechanics under
the direction of Harry Fordham and Bill McGarrigle. Both of these
gentlemen passed on their knowledge to a new generation, and are
now deceased. This is the Canadian version and accurate for the type. The
skeletal airframe and the majority of the parts used in the restoration
were donated by the Zalesky family of Surrey, BC.
De Havilland DH82
Tiger Moth. The Alpine Fighter Collection's Tiger Moth was manufactured
by the de Havilland Company of New Zealand at Rongotai (in what is now
an Air NewZealand domestic terminal). Brought on charge by the RNZAF at
Rongotai on1 June 1943 as serial NZ 1459, it was allocated to No. 3 EFTS,
Harewood from new, and remained with that unit until as late as August
1944. During late 1944, NZ1459 was dismatled and placed in storage and
thus became one of the 42 Tiger Moths retained for service with the post-war
RNZAF. Advertised for tender, the aircraft was sold to the New Plymouth
Aero Club for 403 pounds and allocated the registration ZK-BRD on 28 June
1956 -althought this was shortlived. Apparently the National Airways Corporation
had been promised the registration BRD for their Vickers Viscount "City
ofWellington" and the New Plymouth Aero Club were asked to change their
aircraft registration to ZK-BRB (which they duly did). Used as a trainer
- and then as a crop sprayer by the club, the aircraft was sold to a private
owner in1964 for use as a glider tug at Tuhikaramea. Passing through various
owners, the aircraft was purchased by AlpineHelicopters and then the Alpine
Fighter Collection in 1985. The aircraft is painted as it was when
based at Harewood in 1943.
Associations and reunions
The de Havilland Moth
The de Havilland Moth Club can be contacted at:
23 Hall Park Hill
Hertfordshire HP4 2NH
The Woburn Abbey International Moth Rally is organized by
the de Havilland Moth
De Havilland Moth Club (USA)
1021 Serpentine Lane
Wyncote, PA 19095
The Tiger Club
Kent TN27 9HX.
Telephone 01622 891017.
Moth Discussion List
Tiger Moth Ring is maintained by Flying Wires, operators of Tiger Moth
||The Tiger Moth
Ring is a Webring that aims to link all websites related to Moth aircraft
and the Tiger Moth in particular.
Individual Aircraft Details Tiger Moth Page
||This page contains
serials/registrations and details of the owners and individual history
of many of the Tiger Moths produced.
Air Training Plan Museum
||Details of the BCATP in Canada
| An A-Z
of Aircraft Profiles
by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS
HAVILLAND TIGER MOTH T. Mk.2, 16 Reserve Flying School, Royal Air Force
, Derby, June 1947
||Details by serial number
Tiger Moth in Israeli Service
||Part of an Israeli Air Force site, this page details
the Tiger Moth's service with the fledgling Israeli Air Force before and
during the War of Independence.
aircraft detail page deHavilland Tiger Moth
||Aircraft are grouped under their registration /military
serial numbers. Not all of these have had their individual links completed
Moth Discussion List
||The aim of
this discussion list is to provide a forum for (Tiger) Moth owners,
pilots, engineers, operators, restorers, etc. for discussing
all (Tiger) Moth related
issues - with a wide margin.
||Photographs and history of Tiger moths G-ASKP
||Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995) 'Fleet Air Arm
Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Published by Air Britain (Historians)
Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 085130 232 7
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