Tiger Moth to make a comeback

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT WON'T be long be­fore you see a Tiger Moth soar­ing across the Whit­sun­day skies again fol­low­ing the bi­plane’s emer­gency land­ing last week.

On Satur­day, July 2, Whit­sun­day Tiger Moth Ad­ven­tures pi­lot Nick Rori­son was forced to land at Fun­nel Bay af­ter he en­coun­tered an un­known is­sue with the plane’s pro­pel­ler.

Thanks to his skill, Mr Rori­son and his pas­sen­ger, Steve Bell, walked away from the in­ci­dent un­scathed.

Ea­ger to get the iconic craft back in the air, Mr Rori­son said he was in the process of ac­quir­ing a new plane.

“We cer­tainly want to be back and do­ing our thing and it’s com­fort­ing to know peo­ple love watch­ing us,” he said.

“We’re look­ing at var­i­ous types and what we can do with them, then hope­fully we can come back big­ger and bet­ter than be­fore.”

Shortly af­ter the emer­gency land­ing, Whit­sun­day He­li­copter Group were in­structed to sal­vage the bi­plane and it made for a unique sight.

Chief Pi­lot at Tiger Moth Ad­ven­tures, Peter Hearn­shaw, said the plane was lifted off the rocks at Fun­nel Bay and taken to the Whit­sun­day Air­port at Flame­tree where it will re­main in the han­gar.

“We can’t touch the plane un­til the in­surance com­pany is done with it,” he said.

UP AND AWAY: Pi­lot Steve Davis from Whit­sun­day He­li­copter Group sal­vaged the Tiger Moth Ad­ven­tures plane.

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