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de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth (3858)


Date: 60's

Location: -/EBGB

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this vintage 1939 build Tiger Moth came on October 15 1952 in the register for Sabena, shortly afterwards on January 2 1953 moving to the Belgian State, department Ministry of Communications, for Ecole d’Aviation Civile / Burgerlijke Luchtvaartschool (founded in May 1952) but still operated by Sabena and based at Grimbergen airfield. Here seen such in an orange livery with white engine cowling carrying in the tail "Belgische Staat - Burgerlijke Luchtvaartschool" titles.

Date: 04/1975

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: seen from the other side carrying in the tail "Etat Belge -  Ecole d' Aviation Civile" titles (see also upper left inset). In January 1954 it had an accident but was repaired with parts of another Tiger Moth "OO-UCT". On June 6 1962 it was damaged once again when it struck a beacon while taxying at Grimbergen airfield but once more repaired. Its CofA did expire on April 28 1969 and was for at least six years stored at Grimbergen airfield being cancelled from the register on December 23 1971. Later in 1978 it was seen stored at the Brussels Air Museum and in 1982 at St Hubert airfield. After been stored for a while at a military depot in Olen (Belgium) it was in late 1989 aquired by Belgian restorator "Raymond Cuypers" in exchange for a replica of the prototype of the Tipsy Nipper which would be preserved at the Brussels Air Museum. The Tiger Moth itself went to the U.K. and was rebuilt by Aero Antiques during 1991-92 and on February 25 1991 registered as "G-AMTV" to a private user Kevin James Slattery.


Belgian register