DeHavilland DH82 Tigermoth
Tigermoths were one of the first 'warbirds' to find their way overseas
|More Tigers! A stack of six Tigermoths from the Cache exported from Chennai. VT-DOZ was formerly HU-504 of the Indian Air Force. Photo Courtesy : Simon Watson|
One of this batch of Tigermoths which made its way to Germany as Miss Sophie. This aircraft was procured from UK and is operated as D-ETHC. The aircraft has the colors RAF Training scheme with serial N-6740. The aircraft started service with this serial during WW2 with the RAF before moving to the civlian register as G-AISY. The aircraft then came to the Indian Civilian registry in July 1948 as VT-CZV before it was acquired by the Indian Air Force. Its IAF Identity is not known.
Two other airframes were registered on the UK Registry. VT-DOW became G-BINH and VT-DPE became G-BUJY. G-BINH flew for a short while in the 80s before encountering an accident. The remaining airframes were sold to a South African consortium. The aircraft were shipped to South Africa in January 2000 and are still believed to be there.
|Aircraft Type||Serial No||Other Id||Current Location|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-187||Later VT-DPC||in South Africa|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-483||Later VT-DOU||in South Africa|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-488||Later VT-DOW||G-BINH – Under restoration in UK|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-492||Later VT-DOX||in South Africa|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-498||Later VT-DOY||in South Africa|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-504||Later VT-DOZ||in South Africa|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-511||Later VT-DPA||in South Africa|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-708||Later VT-DPB||in South Africa|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-858||Later VT-DPE||G-BUJY – Under restoration in UK|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||HU-887||Later VT-DPH||in South Africa|
|DH-82 Tigermoth||–||Later VT-CZV||Currently D-ETHC in Germany “Miss Sophie”|
1. Flypast Magazine July 2000 issue, Key Publishing.