de Havilland Tiger Moth




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basic trainer
pilot + student
DH Gipsy 1C
145 hp in-line
29 ft. 4 in.
23 ft. 11 in.
1,115 lbs.
1,825 lbs.
none
90 mph
112 mph
850 fpm
14,500 feet
275 miles
10/26/31
1932

 




The de Havilland Tiger Moth primary trainer, built by de Havilland, first flew in 1931. It continued on to train tens of thousands of pilots for Great Britain and numerous other countries around the world for over twenty years before being retired from military service. 

The aircraft were originally equipped with a 120 h.p. four cylinder engine. Through the years, updates to the aircraft included an engine that eventually produced 25 more h.p., plywood decking, enclosed cockpits, heating, and tail wheels.

Although generally forgiving, the de Havilland Tiger Moth is not the easiest aircraft to fly. It requires firm, positive control inputs, and is somewhat slow to respond. Yet the aircraft can be over-controlled into a flat spin or tip stall. Perhaps its greatest assets are reliability, strength, and ease of maintenance.

Today some 250 de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft continue to fly.  Some are still used for training, as well as recreation, and they even perform at air shows.  Over 8,860 were manufactured. 

de Havilland Tiger Moth

de Havilland Tiger Moth

The de Havilland Tiger Moth by Tigersvein as seen on You Tube has a wingspan of 181" and a length of 152". It is built from enlarged Tony Clark plans. Building materials are balsa and plywood. Power comes from a single cylinder 95 ccm gasoline fueled engine. Weight is around 102 lbs.

The de Havilland Tiger Moth from a Flair Models kit wingspan is 89 in., length is 72 1/2 in., and weight is around 18 lbs. You can power it with .90 to 1.50 two cycle or 1.20 to 1.80 four cycle engines.

Dynam makes a de Havilland Tiger Moth with a wingspan of 50" that is 41" long and weighs about 3 1/4 lbs.  It comes with motor, controller, flight battery, and servos.

Cleveland Models has plans of the de Havilland Tiger Moth with wingspans of 11", 15", 22", 29 1/2", 44", 59" and a giant scale 88".

Arizona Model Aircrafters has the de Havilland Tiger Moth. It has a wingspan of 88" and a fuselage that is 70" long. It can be powerd by YS .91 or O.S. 1.20 engines, or electric power. Ready to fly weight should be about 13 1/2 lbs.




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