Fisher Tiger Moth

Well established Fisher Flying Products has reproduced the flying qualities of many classic airplanes in structurally sound and extremely affordable aircraft. These ultra light and experimental aircraft have proven aerodynamic stability and desirable flight characteristics.

From the company’s modern plant in Edgeley, North Dakota, the components for 15 classic replicas are manufactured by trained and experienced craftsmen. Research and development for new aircraft is on-going. Fisher Flying Products’ entire line of aircraft is sold throughout the United States and in 30 foreign countries.

All models are available in two build-it-yourself forms:

A standard construction kit, which offers the builder the experience of assembling the entire aircraft from pre-cut, shaped and slotted wooden pieces, machined hardware, a formed fibreglass cowling and aluminium fuel tank.
A quick-build kit which contains a number of pre-fabricated components in addition to the standard pre-cut and formed parts found in the standard kit.

Both kits come complete with easy-to-follow instructions and the industry’s finest full scale-full size blueprints. These blueprints allow the builder to essentially build the aircraft right on top of the blueprints with standard household tools.

Standard construction kits can be completed by the average builder in 400–500 hours and quick-build kits reduce the construction time to 200–300 hours.

Flying the R-80 Tiger Moth

Now you can relive a part of world history when you fly your own replica of the DeHaviland Tiger Moth. You will sense the moments in history when thousands of British Commonwealth pilots were learning to fly in preparation for their part of World War II. With your leather helmet, goggles, gauntlets, and flying coat, you can relive some of the glory in aviation’s golden age. All of the excitement, charm, and nostalgia will be yours-except the expense of owning and maintaining the original DH82 Tiger Moth.

After flying the FP R-80 Tiger Moth, KITPLANES magazine writer, Ben Millspaugh said, “She flies beautifully. Ground handling is exceptionally easy and I’d recommend this airplane to anyone who is a first-time builder or any pilot with little or no taildragger time.”

The R-80 Tiger Moth is 80% scale of the original DeHaviland DH82a Tiger Moth.

The R-80 Tiger Moth is recommended for both first-time and experienced builders. Only basic tools are needed in construction. Builder assistance is readily available by phone or fax. Realistic estimates put construction time at 700 hours.

Wood has been called “Nature’s Composite” and the R-80 construction is straight-forward and strong. Aircraft grade state-of-the-art epoxy adhesives are used throughout.
Considerable time has been spent on the design and structural integrity. Initially, the airframe was designed by an aeronautical engineer. A design engineer was then brought in to assist during the actual construction and modification stage. The airframe was then tested, by an independent firm that specializes in structural analysis, to a limit of six positive and three negative g’s. At one point in this test, over 6,000 pounds of sandbags were on the R-80’s airframe-and it didn’t break. Properly constructed, this is an exceptionally strong aircraft!

wing span
wing area
empty weight
useful load
gross weight
fuel capacity
Norton AE 100R or 618 Rotax and 912 Rotax.
7' 4"
170 sq. ft.
560 lbs.

1,150 lbs.


takeoff distance, ground roll
rate of climb
max speed
cruise speed
landing distance, ground roll
service ceiling
300 ft.
800-1000 fpm
90 mph
400 ft.

limiting and recommended speeds

design manoeuvring speed (Va)
never exceed speed (Vne)
stall, power off (Vsl)
landing approach speed
110 mph
35 mph

All specifications are based on manufacturer's calculations