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
Oct 19, 2012 12:07:14 pmby HADCANCER Homepage »
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.
Oct 19, 2012 6:00:34 pmby goodoleboy Online Now! Homepage »
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.
Oct 19, 2012 7:01:07 pmby Tamarrion Online Now! Homepage »
Brilliant! Literally brilliant. That "trainer yellow" is hard to miss :)
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...