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Tiger Moth in flightThe Tiger Moth was originally developed as a military training aircraft in 1931.

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) ordered the first Tiger Moths from de Havilland Canada in the mid-1930s, requesting a series of modifications. As each order was placed for more Moths, more improvements were made to the aircraft. One modification requested by the Canadian authorities asked that the wood frame be replaced by all-metal tubing.

The Tiger Moth, Menasco Moth, and the Fleet Finch were the main aircraft that were used in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan until they started to replace them in 1943. After the Second World War, many surplus Tiger Moths were sold to private flying clubs.

 

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