The Tiger Moth Club of South Africa
de Havilland DH.82A the legend lives on...
This page contains some items of interest relating to the de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth.

Certain books and DVDs are still available, contact Courtney Watson

Older publications depicted are in the Museum at the Johannesburg Light Plane Club.

Certain publications may be available from The Aviation Shop in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg.
Books, DVDs and Models
Just Flight Tiger Moth (FS 2004 + FS X Add-On) (DVD-Rom)

Originally produced as a development of the well-known Gipsy Moth the Tiger Moth went on to become one of the world's most famous training aircraft. During the Second World War it provided the majority of RAF pilots with their elementary flying training. Plenty of examples are still flying today and now Aeroplane Heaven has put together an unrivalled Tiger Moth expansion, based on detailed modelling of current examples and also archive tecnical information.

The Tiger Moth is a fabulous aircraft to fly and the award-winning team at Aeroplane Heaven have used their skills to give Flight Simulator X and FS2004 pilots the chance to learn the ropes in a Tiger Moth. The aircraft models are near-exact replicas of their real counterparts and have been authenticated by the de Havilland Moth Club and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Accuracy extends to replicating changes in individual aircraft specifications such as autoslats engine cowls or lights.

(Barcode EAN=5035063005353)
Airfix 01015

de Havilland Tiger Moth

Affectionately remembered by the Second World War aircrew as the type in which they made their initial flights.

1:72 scale

L100mm x W124mm

Paint and Cement not included
de Havilland Tiger Moth Owners' Workshop Manual

An insight into owning, flying and maintaining the legendary British training biplane

The de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane is an iconic and instantly recognisable aircraft. It is also one of a handful of planes that attracts the widest possible recognition outside the specialist group. Of nearly 10,000 built, it is thought that more than 1,000 Tiger Moths still survive over six decades on, and over half remain airworthy. They are also affordable classic aircraft at £40-50,000 for an airworthy example. The author takes a close look at the construction of the Tiger Moth, acquiring and restoring an example, owning and flying one, and the engineer's view of keeping it all running and airworthy.

"Full marks for the depth of research" - Octane

"An awful lot has been published on the Tiger Moth before, and the acid test of any new book on the machine is whether you can learn anything new from it. This particular 'Workshop Manual' passes that test with flying colours" - Today's Pilot

Author: Stephen Slater

215 colour & 75 b&w illustrations

ISBN: 9781844255863
Tiger Moth

A Tribute

Stuart McKay

Publisher: Crown Publishers August 1988

ISBN-10: 0517568640
ISBN-13: 978-0517568644
Tiger Moth, CT-4, Wackett and Winjeel In Australian Service
Stewart Wilson

Publisher: Motorbooks International February 1995
ISBN-10: 1875671161
ISBN-13: 978-1875671168

Recounting the development and history of four of Australia's important primary trainers. 194 pages text line drawing and photographs.

The 13th and last title in Stewart Wilson's In Australian Service series, it individually narrates the exciting development histories of the Tiger Moth, CT-4, Wackett and Winjeel primary trainers used by Australia's air force, including their entry into general service worldwide and documents in detail each aircraft's adaptation to Australian service and describes their wartime use, where applicable, in full.

Unique tables document each aircraft individually, listing its Australian service registration, individual version or batch number, where applicable, date of delivery and, most importantly, its eventual fate.
de Havilland Tiger Moth

Legendary Biplane Trainer

Stuart McKay

Midland Publishing August 1999

ISBN-10: 1857800613
ISBN-13: 978-1857800616

This in-depth book takes in every aspect of the Tiger Moth's development, production, exploits and usage, both civil and military. Particular attention has been paid to the photographic content, which is lavish, taking in the heady, rich atmosphere of the 1930s, the wartime years and the halcyon days of post-war operation.
The Tiger Moth Story
Alan Bramson
Crecy Publishing 14 March 2006
ISBN: 9780859791038

The Tiger Moth is one of the major aviation success stories. Developed by Geoffrey de Havilland during the early 1930s and flown for the first time on 26 October 1931, the biplane became the most important elementary trainer used by Commonwealth forces. More than 1,000 Tiger Moths were delivered before WWII, and subsequently around 4,000 were built in the UK with an extra 2,000 being manufactured in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Following the end of WWII, pilots could buy and modify a Tiger Moth for recreational use or agricultural crop spraying and use it relatively cheaply. This, combined with its popularity within the aero club movement, provided employment for the Tiger Moths until the late fifties when the more modern closed cockpit aircraft forced them into retirement.

The Tiger Moth Story provides a comprehensive account of the aircraft origins and development as a trainer of Commonwealth pilots in times of peace and war, as a crop duster, glider tug, aerial advertiser, bomber, coastal patrol plane and aerial ambulance as well as in frontline service. Technical narrative and drawings, handling ability and performance as seen through the eyes of the pilots including a fully updated world survey of existing aircraft combine to make The Tiger Moth Story the most comprehensive book of the aircraft. A bestseller since 1964, this edition is fully revised, updated, indexed and includes many new black and white photographs, plus a new colour section.
Pilot’s Notes for Tiger Moth Aircraft

R.A.A.F. (Royal Australian Air Force) Publication 416
February 1944

(To be used in conjunction with A.P.1732A)

Issued for the Information and Guidance of All Concerned

By Command of the Air Board.

Air Force Head-Quarters, Melbourne, S.C.1.

ISBN-10: 0859790886
ISBN-13: 978-0859790888

(A.P. 1732A Instructors' Handbook of Elementary Flying Training)

de Havilland Moths in Detail
DH60, DH80, DH82, DH83, DH85, DH87, DH94
In Detail Series
Stuart McKay
Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 1 November 2010
ISBN 10: 1906133115
ISBN 13: 9781906133115

The creation of the DH60 Moth in 1925 led to a family of light aeroplanes which continued to evolve until the very eve of World War II. This new book outlines the early days of the de Havilland company and studies the evolution of each of the Moth variants and their engines, which took place between 1925 and 1939 - the first time that an amalgam of such detail has been drawn together into a single volume.

It features DH Co at Stag Lane Aerodrome; DH60 Moth; DH80 Puss Moth; DH82 Tiger Moth; DH83 Fox Moth; DH85 Leopard Moth; DH87 Hornet Moth; and, DH94 Moth Minor. This is the first time that the whole family of de Havilland Moths have been covered in such detail in one volume.

Specially commissioned color photography shows each of the aircraft in huge detail. The author is the most trusted and best-respected name in Moth circles. He founded the de Havilland Moth Club and was heavily involved in the formation of de Havilland Support Ltd, which ensures the continued airworthiness of the worldwide fleet of de Havilland aircraft.
Pilot's Handling Notes for D.H. Tiger Moth Aircraft

Published by The Association of British Aero Clubs and Centres Ltd.
19 Park Lane, London, W.1

For Sale to Members of Clubs and Centres of the Association
at 1s 6d, net.

Date of publication unknown
Pilot's Handling Notes for D.H. Tiger Moth Aircraft

Published by The British Light Aviation Centre Ltd.
Artillery Mansions
75 Victoria Street
London S.W.1

Date of publication unknown
Instructors' Handbook of Elementary Flying Training

Air Publication 1732A

First edition, November 1942.

Reprinted June 1944

(Incorporating Amendment List No. 1)

Air Ministry
Revell 04712

DH-82A/C Tiger Moth

1:32 scale
The Tiger Moth Club of South Africa


A flying autobiography

by Roy Watson

Bush Pilots do it in Fours follows Roy Watson's flying career and his fascination with all things airborne, from the very first steps through the restoration of a Tiger Moth, Aeronca and Zlin and some exposure to aerobatics in these 'older' flying machines.

Thereafter, it moves towards larger aircraft, with his experiences maintaining Hawker Siddeley 748s. Roy was heavily involved in establishing an airline, specifically aimed at supplying food, to impoverished Africa and a close involvement with Russian Aircraft and Douglas DC-4s. What follows is his first taste of true 'bush flying', which evoked a distinct passion and love for the DC-4 (which inspired the title of the novel itself).

The novel finally ends up with the challenging repair and subsequent conversion onto the Boeing 707. The flying exploits vary from humorous undertakings and happenings with his elderly light aircraft up to major expeditions in commercial airliners stretching from the Antarctic as far as the Northernmost Parts of Africa. Roy describes many incidents in the air, on the ground, and with the local population in a light-hearted and entertaining light that is sure to evoke a smile or two.
International Tiger Moth Botswana Safari

15 April to 1 May 2011

After more than a year of planning, seven de Havilland air craft from all over the world flew some 1500 nautical miles from South Africa through to Botswana and Zambia.

These 70 year old aircraft from Botswana, South Africa and England, completed an epic journey that took them to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the Okavango Delta, the Chobe River and Victoria Falls.

Participants came from all over the world, Australia, Botswana, England, France, Holland and South Africa; all of them brought together by the inspiration of flying open cockpit aircraft over some of Africa's last unspoilt wilderness.

Film produced by Courtney Watson
An Africa Tiger Moth Safari

March/April 1996

It follows an epic journey by four Tiger Moths covering some 2000 nautical miles of vast African Bush in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

It reveals the abundant wildlife of the Okavango Delta and the Moremi game reserve gliding beneath the wing. Breath-taking aerial views of the Victoria Falls and scenes of huge Baobab trees as discovered by the first explorers of the African continent are witnessed. The serenity of Chobe game reserve and the Makgadikgadi salt pans combined with the discipline of formation flying.

The DH.82A Tiger Moth crews featured in this film are:

ZSBGN Jeff & Sharlene Earle
ZS-BXB GB Braak & Mary Matthews
ZS-BGL Barry & Tony Keyter
ZS-DNI Andre & Theo van Rensburg

A Cessna 210, ZS-EYM piloted by Cliff Conchie, was the support aircraft used in the making of this unique film.

This is an extraordinary story about an incredible journey.

Film produced by the Tiger Moth Club of South Africa.

Running time: 87 minutes.
Wings over the Wilderness

An International Tiger Moth Safari

An eBook by Courtney Watson

'Wings over the Wilderness' provides an in-depth account of an adventure undertaken by seven de Havilland aircraft across South Africa, Botswana and Zambia during 2011. These aircraft, traversed some incredible terrain, in formation over Victoria Falls, low level over the Okavango Delta, spread out over the blinding white salt pans of the Makgadikgadi. We saw big game from the air, including huge herds of elephants and buffalo.

The adventure was noted by one pilot as a “modern Out of Africa” and another “like stepping into a time machine.”

An experience of this nature and magnitude has not been undertaken since before the second World War, and 'Wings over the Wilderness' is a testament to the pioneering individuals who made their journeys across  Africa during the heyday of aviation exploration, in open cockpit biplanes, similar to the ones used in this trip.

Told through the eyes of the organiser, Courtney Watson, an enthralling text is accompanied by beautiful photographs which really bring the trip to life on the page. This book is a treasure for anyone who has an interest in aviation or an interest in the wildlife of Southern Africa.

It is available for purchase through here and can be uploaded to any electronic device. For any comments, please contact Courtney Watson
The 95 Year History of Baragwanath Airfield - 1919 to 2014

eBook by Courtney Jeffs Watson

Baragwanath Aerodrome has a rich aviation history since its inception in 1919. Thanks to the vision of Tommy Thompson and Allister Miller, who secured some unused Crown Mines land and established the original airfield, we continue to celebrate the legacy of grassroots flying today. Similarly, the Johannesburg Light Plane Club, whose base is situated at the airfield, is lauded as one of the longest continuously running flying clubs in the world.

This book captures a visual history of BaraG (as it is affectionately known), its members and the memories that form a significant portion of South Africa’s Aviation History. It is thanks to the men and women whose dedication and passion for all things airborne that we are able to continue to enjoy Baragwanath to this day.

This book is dedicated to them.

The 95 Year History of Baragwanath Airfield is available from here and can be uploaded to any electronic device. For any comments, please contact Courtney Watson
From Kitchen to Cockpit

A Woman's Journey through the World of Aviation

by Yvonne van den Dool

"Flowing water doesn't become stagnant, and a door pivot doesn't get worm-eaten." - An old Chinese saying.

A sincere, colourful account of the ongoing challenges that faced a young South African woman whose dream it was to fly - a woman, whose fierce determination and love of flying, combined with integrity, excellence and a keen sense of humour, has influenced women in aviation, both in South Africa and abroad.

Yvonne van den Dool paints a rich picture of the scenario of women aviators around the world from the 1950's through to the 1980's, highlighting their incredible achievements. Within this broader context of women in aviation, Yvonne shares the story of her life as South Africa's first woman to hold a Senior Commercial Pilot's Licence. With a strong, fear less spirit, Yvonne embarked on a journey that would not only lead her to fly Tiger Moths at tree-top level whilst spraying Tsetse flies at Kariba Dam, establish altitude records, represent South Africa in Washington DC as their first Governor of the Ninety-Nines and navigate the treacherous Basutoland Mountains, but also become a great role-model and mentor to her two daughters and three grand-daughters.

In 2010 Yvonne celebrated her 80th birthday by exploring the Silk Route in North Western China - an example of how she has lived life to the full. She lives in Hermanus, South Africa, where she continues to nurture her interest in physics, nature and life itself.

Ingrid, Karen, Debbie, Chantal and Tanyn