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de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth (83097)


Date: 60's

Location: -/EBGB

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this vintage 1940 build Tiger Moth came on August 26 1954 in the register to 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 June 30. Here seen such in an orange livery with orange engine cowling as well carrying in the tail "Etat Belge -  Ecole d' Aviation Civile" titles (see also upper left inset) with on the other side the Dutch version of these titles. It crashed at Grimbergen airfield on July 9 1954 but was repaired afterwards. It was damaged in a mid-air collision with Aeronca 7AC "OO-TWH" at Grimbergen airfield on January 1 1958 but was also repaired afterwards. Its CofA did expire on April 15 1969 and was stored at St Hubert airfield (later in 1974 at Grimbergen airfield) being cancelled from the register on December 23 1971. On January 7 1975 it was transferred to the Brussels Air Museum but later that year on October 10 it moved on to the Musee de l'Air at Le Bourget (France) where it was destroyed in a hangar fire on May 17 1990.


Belgian register