The Fisher R-80 Tiger Moth is of all wood construction with fabric covering. It is 19 feet (5.80 metres) long with a wingspan of 23 feet (7.02 metres) and a total wing area of 170 square feet (it is a biplane). Empty weight is around 560 pounds (294 Kg) and MAUW is 1,150 pounds(521 Kg). Power can be between 50 and 100 HP (but 50 HP is probably a bit marginal). With all those struts and wires and wings it is never going to be fast, with a quoted cruise speed of around 90 mph.
We have had five examples in New Zealand to date, as below:
2 (c/n TM18), and it was first registered to him on 16/10/06. Its first flight was at Matamata on 23/4/07, where the above photo was taken on 2/10/07. It was powered by a 50 HP direct drive Walter Mikron engine. It clipped a fence on take off from Wharepapa in the Central North Island on 23/10/09 and was badly damaged although Jon Farmer was not hurt.
2 (c/n 22) was built by James R Loughnan of Wanaka and was first registered to him on 26/2/09. It is powered by a Suzuki engine. It is photo'd above at a Fisher Tiger Moth gathering at Rangiora on 30/10/11 where it can be seen that it wears the fictitious serial NZ R8022.
2 (c/n MH 1978). This was imported from the USA as a partially built project by D S (Steve) Wynne of Kerikeri. It is powered by a 107 HP UL engine which has the advantage of being direct drive to the propellor. Steve told me that he covered his aircraft with Oratec cloth that comes in the finished colour and is is glued on, resulting in a much lighter covering. Steve is very pleased with the finished aircraft and kindly sent the attached photos. Thanks Steve.