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N935NL De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth II c/n 86378 - 'RAF T-9354' - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 6 October 2018 more at Hoogeveen airfield

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 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 Tiger Moth was in use with military- and civil flying-schools all over the world.

On 6 October 2018, the De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth II N935NL 'RAF T-9354' was seen near its hangar at Hoogeveen airfield. This airframe with s/n 86378 / NL-935 was built under license by Morris Motors Ltd at Cowley, Oxford, UK, and entered service with the French Air Force (L'Armée de l'air française) as NL 935. About the history of this "Tigre Mou" in the French Air Force is nearly nothing known, but it seems that this airframe was operated by l'ecole de Pilotage de l 'armée de l'air GE-315 at Cognac, when it was withdrawn from military service. On 12 December 1952, the Tiger Moth was registered F-BGJJ in France as Tiger Moth DH 82 A s/n NL 953-59 with ETAT / Service de l'aviation Legere et Sportive / SAL, Paris. The Etat Tiger Moth F-BGJJ was powered by a 130 hp Gipsy Major I engine and operated by Ass. des A.C. de la Cote d'Emeraude at St.Servan. On 4 February 1972, registration F-BGJJ was cancelled as sold abroad. On 28 April 1972, the certificate of airworthiness was issued in the USA for the DH.82A Tiger Moth s/n NL953 as N935NL. On 27 January 1981, the Tiger Moth was registered N28680 with J.B. Mok, Flemington, NE. On 22 September 2009, registration N935NL was reserved by Egmond Aircraft, and on 17 December 2010, the aircraft was registered N935NL with Eastern Stearman Inc. Trustee, Virginia. On 9 July 2015, the N935NL was registered with Egmond Aircraft Llc, Delaware, and in 2016 the aircraft was shipped to its new home: Hoogeveen airfield in the Netherlands. However the aircraft is painted in R.A.F. T-9354 colors, it was not operated by the Royal Air Force.

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