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G-AJHS De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth c/n 82121- Oostwold Airport in Holland - 24 May 2015 vliegveld Oostwold (EHOW)

The De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth is a two-seat bi-plane. Developed out of the De Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth as a trainer for the R.A.F., the DH.60T Tiger Moth powered by a 120 hp Gipsy III engine was tested late summer 1931. The DH.60T was followed soon by improved the DH.82, which flew first on 26 October 1931. After certification trials the Air Ministry placed an initial order for 35 airframes, K2567-K2601. The De Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth deliveries to the Royal Air Force's 3 Flight Training School started in May 1932. In 1933, the improved DH.82A Tiger Moth II powered by a 130 Gipsy major engine was introduced. Production commenced in 1934. A total of 8492 De Havilland DH.82 were built, not only in the UK but also in Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Tiger Moth was in use with military- and civil flying-schools all over the world. The Indian Air Force operated nearly 150 DH.82 and DH.82A Tiger Moth airframes, of which De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd. manufactured 128 in Australia.

The 1939-built De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth G-AJHS was seen during the Oostwold Airshow 2015 at Oostwold Airport in the Netherlands. The De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth s/n 82121 was built by De Havilland Aircraft Company Limited at Hatfield aerodrome in Hertfordshire in the UK. On 6 June 1939, the aircraft was delivered as N6866 to the Royal Air Force. During WWII, the N6866 served with a number of RAF units. On 12 February 1947, the aircraft was registered as G-AJHS by Reid and Sigrist Ltd pending its acquisition from the RAF. On 30 June 1953 the G-AJHS was registered with the Royal Aircraft Establishment Flying School, Farnborough. From July 1963 to March 1971, the aircraft was stored. On 19 March 1979, De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth G-AHJS was registered with Wreford George Fisher at the Isle of Wight. On 29 February 1984, the aircraft was registered with Machine Music Ltd., Wraysbury, a company of Gary Nuwman. On 31 March 1985 the Tiger Moth was substantial damaged at Redhill Aerodrome when it touched the ground during an overshoot. The aircraft was rebuilt and returned in service. On 2 April 1991, the aircraft was registered with Steven R.M. Higgens, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, and the G-AJHS was based at Seppe airfield. Shares in the aircraft were offered and the syndicate was called trustee of Flying Wires. On 19 August 1984, the DH-82A Tiger Moth G-AJHS was registered with J. M. Voeten and H. van der Paauw, trustees of Flying Wires. On 26 February 2013, the Seppe based De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth G-AJHS was registered with J. M. Voeten and R.A. Zwarts, trustees of Flying Wires. The Tiger Moth G-AJHS has its home in Vliegend Museum Seppe. With the Piper PA-18 Super cub PH-VCY and the De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth G-ADHV, the G-AHJS performed formation flights as the Tiger formation Seppe during the Oostwold Airshow 2015.

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