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Tiger Moth - de Havilland DH 82

Welcome back! ****************** UPDATE ********************

Apparently this bi-plane was misidentified during my visit to the museum. A sign next to the plane indicated it was a de Havilland DH 82. Since the plane was parked on the edge of an isle and since I am not an aviator, I had no reason think otherwise. One of my visitors (SB Chatterjee) pointed out that the plane was perhaps a  Nieuport from WWI but not a Tiger Moth. So, at this point the only thing I am positive about is that it is a bi-plane. :-) If you can positively identify this aircraft, I'd be most appreciative.

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In today's short post we have a look at a bi-plane that was primarily used as a trainer, the de Havilland DH 82. This model took to the air in 1931 and honed the skills of many WWII pilots. Equipped with a 120 HP engine that would push this lightly constructed aircraft to speeds of 110 MPH, it required nerves of steel to fly one of these.

The bi-plane shown below is likely a replica. I was unable to find out for sure when this photo was taken nearly a year ago, but there was nothing I could see that hinted at this having been restored. Nonetheless, it's a very impressive looking aircraft. The cockpit has modern-day instrumentation (analog gauges)  which was quite nice looking.

Tiger Moth - DeHavilland DH 82
Tiger Moth - DeHavilland DH 82

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YMF-5

I know, I know. What the heck is a YMF-5? Strange title for a post huh? Not if you know about rare and vintage aircraft. Now admittedly, I'm no expert on aircraft as my knowledge is limited but like trains, I love everything about them. While here in Virginia Beach I decided to visit the Military Aviation Museum where they have many replicas of machines that performed in World Wars I and II. They even have a recovery and restoration hangar on the site.

The YMF-5 serves as my opening post to an aircraft series. The plane shown here is a made-to-specs replica. The original YMF-5s were 1930s era biplanes. Open cockpit biplanes date back to the Wright brothers in 1903. Today these are manufactured by the WACO Aircraft Company and are used by enthusiast for personal pleasure and as trainers.

YMF-5
YMF-5

The next image provides an angled view of this majestic machine.

YMF-5 - angled view
YMF-5 - angled view

Lastly, a peek into the cockpit.

YMF-5 - cockpit view
YMF-5 - cockpit view

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