Aeronautical Instruments & Tools
DH Tiger Moth Wheel Cover and back plate
The iconic de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company and first flew in October 1931. It was operated by the Royal Air Force and others as a primary training aircraft in WWII and beyond and was not retired from RAF service until 1959. A total of 8,868 were built and many remain in airworthy condition and are enjoyed by private aviators worldwide.
On offer today is a single resin wheel cover that carries the famous De Havilland Aircraft Company'DH logo, as well as a part nos REF 200 D. H. O. The reverse is stamped with what we assume to be the makers mark 'Veteranfly, Sweden, PL88'. The wheel cover is accompanied by a metal backplate that carries various DH part numbers, as detailed in our accompanying photographs. The wheel cover is 8.5" diameter (21.5 cm) and the back plate is 6.5" (16.5 cm).The final picture attached shows a Tiger Moth about to depart Popham airfield, fitted with a similar wheel cover, stylishly picked out in red and white paint. Ours would benefit from similar artistic attention to bring it up to display standards but we will leave that to the news owner. As well as appealing to the collectors market we imagine, subject to the necessary checks, this could well be an airworthy item, if you just happen to have a DH. 82 under restoration in your back garden?