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de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth (83283)


Date: 60's

Location: -/EBGB

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this vintage 1940 build Tiger Moth came on March 9 1956 in the register for the Belgian State, department Ministry of Communications, for Ecole d’Aviation Civile / Burgerlijke Luchtvaartschool (founded in May 1952) but operated by Sabena and based at Grimbergen airfield where it arrived a few months earlier on January 24. Here seen such in an orange livery with blue engine cowling carrying in the tail "Etat Belge -  Ecole de 'l Aviation Civile" titles (see also upper left inset) with on the other side the Dutch version of these titles. In this picture also OO-ADJ is depicted as flying object in the sky. The Tiger Moth was damaged on June 6 1959 but was repaired with parts from another unit "OO-SOD". It was withdrawn from use on August 31 1968 whereby its CofA did expire a few months later on December 7. It was cancelled from the register one year later on December 23 and remained in storage at its home base for several years. On January 7 1975 it was transferred to the Brussels Air Museum. On September 8 1985 it was sold to Wes G. Agnew (of Maple Leaf Aviation) from Canada in a complex exchange for a Lysander & Bolingbroke whereby four years later on March 8 1989 it came in the Canadian register as "C-GWGA".


Belgian register