De Havilland Tiger Moth
Reflecting on an aircraft’s 78 year history is not something we often do at Sport Aircraft Sales, but ocassionally we happily accept the opportunity to present a truly special Australian aircraft to market.
We are proud to offer this gorgeous De Havilland Tiger Moth in stunning original paint scheme, looking like the day she first flew out of Bankstown NSW, in 1940.
A rich history
Australian Airforce number 63, this DH82A is one of only a few Australian-made Tiger Moths in excellent original flying condition.
Whilst the C designation is for Canadian built Tigers (i.e. DH 82C) the ‘A’ designation was for the increased horsepower (130hp) Gipsy Major engine introduced very early in production (prior to any being manufactured in Australia).
In 1946, after the war, Tiger Moth A17-063 was sold for £100 by the Airforce to the Association of Australian Aero Clubs. Records indicate that the aeroplane was then sold to the “Hendon Aeroplane Company” in Newcastle NSW, operated by a Mr Whittaker.
From there it was was sold to an Ansett Flight Engineer, Henry Cooper, partially stripped and hung up on display in a hangar at Essendon Airport, Victoria. Some work was carried out on the aircraft at ‘Eastgate’s Furniture Factory’ in Airport West, where it was sold in 1984.
Fittingly, the family that eventually ‘rescued’ A17-063 to flying condition from 1984 had started their business, Hearns Hobbies (specialising in RC Aircraft models) in 1947 – and the business thrives today on Flinders Street in Melbourne.
Bruce Hearn (and family) rebuilt the aircraft in their home in Templestowe, Melbourne and then Benalla (Victoria) from 1984; a project that took a number of years.
Now restored to its former glory (and with only around 500 TT on airframe) the aircraft flew again in 1991 until 1996 during which time it won a prize at Naromine as the ‘most original’ Tigermoth on show.
In 1996 the aircraft was purchased by the current owner, a now retired airline Check & Training Captain and aviation enthusiast, who has cared for, and flown the aircraft to the current day.
In 2003 the 130 HP Gypsy Major motor was stripped and rebuilt by Borg Sorensen and has accummulated just 108 hours on both engine and prop since then.
With just 897 hours on the airframe, this is one of the lowest total time Tiger Moths in Australia.
Additional Equipment offered as part of the sale:
Intercom with voice operated circuit
Comm radio with hidden antena
Leather helmet with headset
New slick magnetos and wiring fitted (also prevents radio interference)
A new full set of flying wires (with documentation)
Custom made tie down kit
2 x spare tyres and tubes
2 x specially painted chocks
Copies of logbooks and copies of the aircraft’s full documented War-time history (plus more) will also be available in the sale, completing what will be a very special purchase indeed for the new owner.
An inspection is guaranteed to thoroughly impress.
Call Nicholas at Sport Aircraft Sales for a confidential discussion on 0466 649 868, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sportaircraftsales.com.au.