Powered by one of the company’s Gipsy Major engines, the Tiger Month could seat two and was capable of flying at a top speed of 109 mph (175 kph) for as much as 302 miles (486 km). Even if it was primarily designed as a trainer, it could still carry up to eight 20 pounds (9 kg) bombs.
Despite the fact quite a number of them were made, in a great deal of variants, not that many Tiger Moths are still around. The one we have here, a DH.82C, is believed to be the oldest one of its kind in existence.
For reference, the DH.82C was designed for cold weather operations with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). As such, it came with sliding canopies, heating for the cockpit, and repositioned wheels.
Over 1,500 such variants were made, and the one we have here is according to the people now selling it on Platinum Fighters “the only 82C to not be taken into the RCAF" as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) program.
Used mostly for testing and evaluation, this plane entered the civilian circuit in 1948, moving up and down across North America. It can now be found in Idaho, from where it is selling in exchange for $65,000.