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Many thanks for the comments about the train snap.. It would be very nice indeed if all engines were painted up like that but.... They are not!

Anyway, someone requested a closer view of the Yellow Tiger Moth at Duxford (sorry so many requests I've forgotten who it was ...sorry).. BUT, here it is!
Plus a selection of goodies behind, some of which I have snaps of...

The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and others 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 applications, and it remains in widespread use as a recreational aircraft in many countries. 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 employed by various companies offering trial lesson experiences. Those in private hands generally fly far fewer hours and tend to be kept in concours condition. The de Havilland Moth club founded 1975 is now a highly organized owners' association offering technical support and focus for Moth enthusiasts..

During a British production run of over 7,000 Tiger Moths, a total of 4,005 Tiger Moth IIs were built during the war specifically for the RAF, nearly half being built by Morris Motors LImited at Cowley, Oxford..
The de Havilland Canada operation also built 200 Tiger Moths to USAAF Lend-Lease orders, which were designated for paperwork purposes as the PT-24.. (And, I think I have a shot of one at Dayton! NOT on normal show as Bill will confirm..)
In the aftermath of Britain's disastrous campaign in France, in August 1940, three proposals for beach defence systems were put forward. 350 Tiger Moths were fitted with bomb racks to serve as light bombers as a part of Operation Banquet. A more radical conversion involved the 'paraslasher,' a scythe-like blade fitted to a Tiger Moth and intended to cut parachutists' canopies as they descended to earth. Flight tests proved the idea, but it was not officially adopted. The Tiger Moth was also tested as a dispenser of Paris Green rat poison for use against ground troops, with powder dispensers located under the wings..

There are an estimated 250 still flying today plus those in museums..
The list of airforces that used is FAR to long to put here.. It does include the Luftwaffe! And Iran used over 100..

Enjoy this... Any requests please ask, there are some goodies on the way lol
October 19, 2012
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Oct 19, 2012 11:57:41 am
Great shot of this old gal mate.

by blinkings Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 12:05:53 pm
It is very well done. I thank you for it. 5+!

by Fidelity2 Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 12:07:14 pm
Again thanks for the shot and the history lesson. On nearly everyone of your posts it is the first time I have ever seen or even heard of the plane. Sadly I only know the legendary planes, but you are slowing educating me.


by HADCANCER Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 12:54:42 pm
Beautiful shot!!

by lunchlady Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 1:02:49 pm
Fantastic work on this really cool close-up Rob

by magnus073 Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 1:08:34 pm
A superb aircraft and a wonderful picture of it, especially in zoom. Great shot Rob.

by jayfar Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 2:52:53 pm
Brilliant this aircraft.When I was in the ATC I nearly got to fly in one but ended up in a Chipmunk instead....not complaining but I think this would have been cooler.

by neiwil Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 3:13:16 pm
Another great shot and history lesson, thanks again!

by taliesin86001 Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 6:00:34 pm
Cool clarity, color and detail in this undershot of the handsome biplane, Rob. Interesting biography; I didn't know the Tiger Moth had more than a minor role in WWII.
BTW, I watched the recent film, Amelia, (all about Amelia Earhart) last night, and if you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it because of the several old timers shown and flown in it, including the Lockheed Electra and the Fokker Tri-Motor.

by goodoleboy Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 6:05:20 pm
Another one quite interesting job and infos you´ve done here!!

by munich68 Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 6:06:49 pm
very beautiful

by flavia49 Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 7:01:07 pm
Brilliant! Literally brilliant. That "trainer yellow" is hard to miss :)

Great shot.

I have some new-found appreciation for the Tiger Moth. Always thought it looked rather dainty & fragile. Finally got to see one up close, and also flying this summer. She's actually quite solid, and the engine has a nice rumble!

Now I have a fondness for this scheme: camoflage on top, bright, trainer yellow on the undersides. For some reason I enjoy the jarring contrast!

And I believe I see a Mk.IV CF-100 from 440 (Bat) Sqn, RCAF sneaking into the background...

by Tamarrion Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 7:49:14 pm
Fantastic shot Rob!
It would be fun to go up in one of these

by Faemike55 Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 20, 2012 2:30:03 am
And it also appeared as "Thunderbird 6" - certainly a multi-role aircraft!!!

by Briney Homepage »

Oct 20, 2012 4:28:47 am
A classic aircraft in the true sense of the word mate.

Simple in design but looks wonderful.
Cannot find a good free model of this anywhere.
Couldn't help but be draw to the B.O.A.C Comet tail in the background too :)

10/10 Rob.

by Maxidyne Homepage »

Oct 20, 2012 6:33:57 am
A most interesting catch on this on Rob.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Oct 20, 2012 6:47:29 pm
She's a real beauty. The Moth also served in combat as a recon, spotter, and air/sea rescue plane in Malaya and Burma in 1941/42.

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Oct 20, 2012 9:16:46 pm
seen a couple fly here in Canada... they sound INCREDIBLE!... harkening back to a day when pilot skill was at the forefront of thought and deed.. daring men and women (don't forget) from a different time..

by 1358 Homepage »

Oct 21, 2012 6:33:20 pm
Cool, a real beauty!!.. looks to be in show room condition!

by tigertim Homepage »

Oct 22, 2012 3:10:58 pm
A lovelt Tiger Moth, and a great shot of it, Rob! Hope to get over to the Combat Air Museum in Topeka this week...

by RodS Homepage »


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