The "De Havilland" DH-82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland. It was first put into service by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a primary trainer. The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk in 1952, when many of the surplus aircraft entered civil operation. Many other nations used the Tiger Moth in both military and civil roled. It is still occasionally used as a primary training aircraft, particularly for those pilots wanting to gain experience before moving on to other tailwheel aircraft, although most Tiger Moths have a skid. Many are now flown by Tiger Moth enthusiasts.


Tiger Moth "Rijksluchtvaartschool"

The type was also used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force as basic trainer. Now a privately owned aircraft in colours of the Dutch civil pilot school "Rijksluchtvaartschool". It was photographed at Texel Airfield.

Photographed July 2009,  by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Tiger Moth DH-82A

The Tiger Moth was also used by the Royal Netherlands AF (KLu) and also the Dutch naval flying service (MLD) as a primary trainer. This DH-82A with registration "PH-TYG" and AF code "A-57" is flown by the Royal Netherlands AF historical Flight at Glize-Rijen (NL) airbase. But it is not an orginal KLu used aircraft but an ex-RAF aircraft no.N9508. (it also flew with fake number "A-12").

Photographed May 2015,  by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Various scale models exist of the DH-82. In 1/72 the old Airfix kit was there for ages, but now Airfix has a brand new neat little kit. AZ Models also has a nice 1/72 kit. SMER has an old 1/48 kit.

In 1/32 the Matchbox (later released by Revell) is a classic and good. Silverwings came in 2020 with a resin kit in 1/32 and End 2020 also came a 1/32 ICM Tiger Moth.