Tiger Moth news
There is an encouraging photograph from Aero Antiques showing the trial rigging of the DH71 Tiger Moth monoplane replica at Durley last year. Originally registered G-ECDX in November 1994 to Nick Parkhouse and Michael Souch, the incomplete aircraft was sold to Steve Jones/airtime Aerobatics in March 2016, since when construction has moved on apace. The 100hp Gipsy 1 engine that is to power ’DX, is being overhauled by Vintage Engine Technology (Vintech) at Little Gransden. It is hoped that the replica racer will have its maiden flight in 2017. Originally, two DH71S (G-EBQU and G-EBRV) were built in great secrecy for ‘high speed research’ in 1927. G-EBQU was fitted with the first experimental Gipsy R engine soon after its maiden flight at Stag Lane on 24 June 1927. It was subsequently sold to Australia where it crashed in September 1930. The second DH71 G-EBRV was grounded in 1928 and destroyed at Hatfield in a Luftwaffe Ju88 attack on 3 October 1940.
There’s a whole host of DH82A Tiger Moth rebuilds and repairs going on around the country. At Oaksey Park, Wilts, Howard Haines is continuing the restoration of G-BWIK with the assistance of The Classic Aeroplane Company. Once this is finished he plans to work on G-ANJK to bring it back to flying condition. Tiger Moth G-ANKV, which was hung from the ceiling of the Old Terminal Building at Croydon Airport from 1994 to 2010, is being restored to flying condition at Wickenby for owner Jennifer Cooper. Tiger Moth G-AMCK, which crashed last summer near Branscombe, South Devon is being restored by Mark Masters at Lee-on-solent. G-ANMY, another Tiger Moth that crashed in 2016 is being restored to fly by Andy Baxter in Nottingham.
On 5 January 2017 Ben Cox took Tiger Moth G-AVPJ for its first flight since 2009 at Bericote Farm strip at Blackdown, Warwickshire. In April 2009, while being flown by owner Cathy Silk, ’PJ’S engine lost power and it was badly damaged at the end of a forced landing in a field near to the disused Honeybourne airfield. A small team at its home base immediately set to work to restore it back to health. Built by Morris Motors in 1943 and operated as NL879, one of its claims to fame came during service with the Britannia Flight of the RN College, Dartmouth in 1964, when it was amongst four Tiger Moths that landed on the carrier HMS Eagle! Civilianised in 1967 ’PJ’S prior owners have included the RAF College Cranwell Flying Club and the Barnstormers, with whom it was often displayed with a wing-walker aboard.
Tiger Moths G-BWIK (right) and G-ANJK are being restored at Oaksey Park
Ben Cox airborne in rebuilt Tiger Moth G-AVPJ on 5 January at Bericote Farm
New DH71 Tiger Moth temporarily rigged at Durley