LIVING HISTORY: THE IMMORTAL MOTH

Bob Fischer speaks with Wim Stapel about his charming ex-French Air Force de Havilland Tiger Moth and some of his general experiences with this legendary type

Wim’s Tiger Moth over Dwingelderveld National Park, northern Netherlands. Like many examples of the type it wears RAF markings, although never served with that air arm
Smiles all round: Wim Stapel in the cockpit of his delightful DH.82a Tiger Moth, N935NL
ALL BOB FISCHER UNLESS STATED

"It never gets old” beams Wim Stapel as he jumps down onto the grass from his delightful-looking Tiger Moth. It’s a warm afternoon and the skies around Hoogeveen Airport in the Netherlands’ northeast are buzzing with aeroplanes. A passionate aviator, Wim first flew the ‘Tiger’ more than 40 years ago.

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