How many tiger moths were built?

Answered by Willie Powers

During the period from 1931 to 1944, a total of 8,868 de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth aircraft were produced. This classic biplane was developed from the de Havilland DH.60 Moth, and its production numbers make it one of the most widely built aircraft of its time.

The Tiger Moth, with its distinctive design and open cockpit, was primarily used as a training aircraft for military pilots during World War II. Its simple and robust construction made it well-suited for this purpose, and it was widely employed by various air forces around the world.

The production of the Tiger Moth was not limited to a single country or manufacturer. It was built by several different companies in different countries, including de Havilland in the United Kingdom, Morris Motors in Australia, and the Canadian Car and Foundry in Canada. This widespread production contributed to the high number of Tiger Moths built.

The Tiger Moth also had various variants and adaptations, which further added to its production numbers. One notable variant was the Thruxton Jackaroo, which was designed as a dual-control version for civilian use. This variant allowed for flight training and pleasure flying with an instructor or passenger.

The Tiger Moth’s popularity and versatility ensured its production continued for over a decade. Its role as a trainer aircraft, as well as its use in other civilian applications such as crop dusting and aerobatics, contributed to its sustained demand.

While I haven’t personally flown a Tiger Moth, I have had the opportunity to witness the grace and charm of these aircraft during airshows and aviation events. The sight of these vintage biplanes in the sky is truly captivating, and it’s a testament to their enduring appeal.

A total of 8,868 de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth aircraft were built between 1931 and 1944. Its widespread production by different manufacturers and its various adaptations allowed it to become one of the most prolific aircraft of its time. Its role as a training aircraft and its versatility ensured its continued demand throughout its production period.