The DH-82A Tiger Moth is a part of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Temora Historic Flight.

The DH-82A Tiger Moth is a part of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Temora Historic Flight.

The Tiger Moth is an open tandem cockpit biplane that has a fuselage constructed from steel tubing and covered in a combination of fabric and thin plywood. The wings and tail plane are constructed of timber and covered with fabric. The Gypsy Major engine, fitted to VH-UVZ, was manufactured, under license, by General Motors Holden in Australia. De Havilland manufactured 8,811 DH 82 Tiger Moths between 1931 and 1945. A total of seven countries produced the Tiger Moth.

VH-UVZ was the second DH-82A imported from the UK into Australia and was registered on 12 August 1936 to Airflite Ltd at Mascot in Sydney.

On 21 April 1937, VH-UVZ crashed into Sydney Harbour. According to newspaper reports at the time, it was circling above a steamer, which was departing from Circular Quay, when the aircraft stalled and spun into the water. The occupants were rescued with minor injuries and VH-UVZ was retrieved to fly again.

VH-UVZ was pressed into the RAAF on 19 August 1940, becoming A17-691 and served at Number 10 Elementary Flying Training School in Temora from July 1943 to the end of the war. In December 2000 the aeroplane was donated to the Temora Historic Flight and is painted in the yellow markings that it carried as a trainer during World War II.

 

Manufacturer

De Havilland

Role

Trainer

Crew

2

Engine

De Havilland Gipsy Major I 130 horsepower (97 kW)
Inverted, four cylinders, air-cooled piston engine

Airframe

Length 7.29m, height 2.68m

Wingspan

8.94m

Weight

506 kg basic, 803 kg maximum

Range

486 km

Ceiling

13,600 feet

Max Speed

176 km/h  (95 knots)