The de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, was to become the mainstay of Australia’s considerable wartime pilot training effort. This post-war work horse of the aero clubs and aerial work operators is a familiar sight even in the skies today.
As war in Europe became more evident, Australia’s unyielding commitment to Britain and the Empire would ensure its involvement in such a conflict. The Tiger Moth was not, at least initially, to be a part of that expansion.
The Newcastle Herald, of June 3rd, 1935, announced the christening of the Newcastle Aero Club’s new DeHavilland DH82 Tiger Moth. Thus VH-UTD, Halcyon, was the first Tiger Moth to be introduced to Australia.
Newcastle Aero Club (long since the Royal Newcastle Aero Club) retains its association with the Tiger Moth, VH-RNI has been restored.
Capacity: 1 passenger
Length: 7.34 m (23 ft 11 in)
Wingspan: 8.94 m (29 ft 4 in)
Height: 2.68 m (8 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 22.2 m² (239 ft²)
Empty Weight: 506 kg (1,115 lb)
Loaded Weight: 828 kg (1,825 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x de Havilland Gipsy Major I inverted
4-cylinder inline, 130 hp (100 kW)
Maximum speed: 175 km/h at 1,000 ft (109 mph)
Range: 486 km (302 miles)
Service ceiling: 13,600 ft (4,145 m)
Rate of climb: 673ft/min (205m/min)