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History of D.H82a A17-741:

This D.H.82 Tiger Moth was registrated as A17-741.

All Royal Australian Air Force Tiger Moths were given serial numbers with the prefix A17. The highest number being A17-759. The Australians provided their own engines. Some 1300 Gipsy Majors have been manufactured by General Motors Holdigs. Ldt. Referring to the List of Melvin Davis, de Havilland Moth Club, this Tiger Moth was also  registrated as VH-FSS, owner was C.Edmonds, Chirnside Park, Victoria.

Another recherche results that this Tiger Moth could be build for the Royal Australian Airforce in the time between 20. of September 1944 and 5. of Frebruary 1945.  By the way, the A17-565 was the 1.000th Tiger Moth to be made in Australia.

common History of Tiger Moths:

Why the name?

This classic British trainer is one of a number of models of light aircrafts named for moths in recognition of designer Geoffrey deHavilland´s interest in moths and butterflies.

The de Havilland D.H.82 Tiger Moth was a enhanced development, based upon the D.H. 60M Gipsy Major.

First flight of the DeHavilland Tiger Moth D.H.82, was in 26th of October 1931. This first aircraft was equipped with  the 120 hp Gipsy III, a inverted inline engine.

Later on, the D.H.82A has the stronger Gipsy Major 130hp engine, also a inverted inline  and there have been also done some structural changes, that means the replacement of fabric with plywood for the rear fuselage decking and the ability to shroud the rear cockpit for instrument flight training purpose.

8706 each of the fabric covered wooden and steel aircraft were produced with approximately 4200 going to the Royal Airforce, the number of still airworthy way be 250+ worldwide.

 

 

Technical Data of D.H.82A

 

 

Manufacturer

de Havilland

 

Wing Span

8,940 m

29,331 ft

overall lenght

7,290 m

23,917 ft

overall height

2,680 m

8,7930 ft

wing area

22,2 m²

238,961 sq.ft.

empty weight

506,0 kg

1115,7 lbs

MTOW

802,0 kg

1768,4 lbs

maximum speed

176 km / h

95 kts.

cruising speed

150 km / h

81 kts

range

 

275 miles

ceiling

4145 m

13599 feet

climbrate

 

800 feet / minute

engine

Gipsy Major

305 lbs / 130 hp

wing load

36 kg / m²

7,38 lbs / sq.ft.

 

 

 

Last, but not least, here the link to

        “The de Havilland Tiger Moth Club”

Production Numbers @ locations, Summary of Tiger Moths

1931 to August 1939

 

 

 

 

D.H.82 Tiger Moth

 

 

 

De Havilland Stag Lane

114

 

 

Norway

17

 

 

Sweden

3

 

 

total

134

134

 

 

 

 

 

D.H.82a & D.H.82c TigerMoths

 

 

 

De Havilland Stag Lane & Hatfield

1063

 

 

De Havilland Technical School

3

 

 

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada

227

 

 

Norway

20

 

 

Sweden

20

 

 

Portugal

91

 

 

total

1424

1424

 

 

 

 

September 1939 to August 1945

 

 

 

 

De Havilland Hatfield

795

 

 

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada

1520

 

 

De Havilland Aircraft of New Zealand

345

 

 

De Havilland Aircraft Pty. Australia

1085

 

 

Morris Motors

3508

 

 

total

7253

7253

 

 

 

 

 

Total Tiger Moth Production

 

8811

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