30/iii/44 – Aerobatics in a Tiger Moth

30th March 11:30
DH TIGER MOTH N6965
Pilot: F/O Scott
2nd Pilot: Self
LOCAL DUAL & AEROBATICS
Various aerobatics by 1st Pilot & excellent demonstrations of how not to try to land by 2nd Pilot.
1:30

A completely different day today, with Broody and Jack taking to the air in an open cockpit Tiger Moth for local flying and aerobatics. An hour and a half of fun, and light relief I should think; and a welcome break from operational flying.

I was delighted that Google managed to come up trumps on a search for this aircraft, and below are a couple of images of the very Tiger Moth that Broody took to the skies in 70 years ago today!

 

De Havilland Tiger Moth N6965. (Photo © George Baczkowski)

De Havilland Tiger Moth N6965. (Photo © George Baczkowski)

De Havilland Tiger Moth N6965. (Photo © George Baczkowski)

De Havilland Tiger Moth N6965. (Photo © Simon Palmer)

George Baczkowski, who took the top photograph was kind enough to give me a brief update on the whereabouts of this aircraft now.

He says: “According to local legend, she went over to France with the British Expeditionary Force for reconnaissance and liaison duties etc. The bulk were burned on the evacuation of France but N9695 was ‘nicked’ by a couple of pilots and flown to the UK. Officially struck off charge as lost in France she wandered around the UK without a permanent home until placed on the civil register.[…] Currently the Tiger is in storage at Tibenham and hidden away – it was rebuilt over a long period after an accident, but the rebuild did not match up to the now very stringent CAA requirements, and unfortunately the owner died at the completion. The Tiger passed to his son, but all currently in limbo.”

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