Developed in Britain, the Tiger Moth elementary trainer first flew in 1931. De Havilland Canada built approximately 1, 500 Tiger Moths at their Toronto plant between 1937 and 1942, most of which were specially modified for Canadian conditions. The RCAF first used the Canadian model of the Tiger Moth for elementary pilot training in 1938. During the Second World War, thousands of pilots were trained on this aircraft at the Elementary Flying Training Schools operated under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Pilots remember the Tiger Moth as a pleasant aircraft to fly and one which was exceptionally responsive to the controls. Robert Bradford painted the illustration, and graphic designer Jacques Charette developed the format and typography for the stamp. The stamp depict a de Havilland DH-82C Tiger Moth in Second World War trainer-yellow finish flying over Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1981.
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