Tiger Moth news

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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

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