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This classic British trainer made its first flight on October 26, 1931. It is one of a number of models of light aircraft named for moths in recognition of designer Geoffrey de Havilland's interest in moths and butterflies. It became popular with air forces throughout the United Kingdom as well as the civilian aviation market. In Britain, 8,101 were manufactured plus 2,751 more in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

During WWII, most Royal Air Force pilots trained in Tiger Moths including Americans who flew with the Eagle Squadrons before the U.S. entered the war. In the United Kingdom, Tiger Moths performed a variety of roles in addition to that of primary trainer including submarine patrol, air ambulance, and even prisoner evacuation.

SPECIFICATIONS
Span: 29 ft. 4 in.
Length: 23 ft. 11 in.
Height: 8 ft. 9.5 in.
Weight: 1,825 lbs. loaded
Armament: None
Engine: de Havilland Gipsy Major 1 of 120 hp.
Crew: Two

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 104 mph/90 knots
Cruising speed: 90 mph/78 knots
Service Ceiling: 14,000 ft.
Range: 300 miles

These three are 'regulars' at the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, in fact, one of them is owned by the club.

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