Tigers turn back the clock
A very special RAF100 formation overflew RAF Henlow in mid-may. De Havilland Moth Club members took the opportunity during the organisation’s Moth Flying Forum to put up a ‘100’ shape comprising sixteen Tiger Moths. The Tiger 9 team’s aircraft were joined by seven more examples to honour the service’s centenary at an airfield even older than the Royal Air Force. Military flying at Henlow began in mid-1917, when 226 acres of farmland were acquired by the RFC to support WWI Western Front operations.
The UK’S airworthy Tiger Moth population grew by one on 3 May when DH82A T8191 (G-BWMK), owned by Kevin Crumplin, took to the air at Henstridge, Somerset. This, Kevin’s sixth Tiger Moth rebuild, was an eighteenmonth project with a personal twist: T8191 being the aircraft in which he learned to fly. Built by Morris Motors at Cowley in late 1940, it was initially used by the RAF as an instructor- and basic pilot trainer before passing to the Royal Navy at the end of the war.
Kevin encountered T8191 during his time with the Britannia Royal Naval College’s Dartmouth Flight at PlymouthRoborough Airport, its home in the early/ mid-1960s. The much-travelled Tiger Moth ended its service life at RNAS Yeovilton as part of the RN Historic Flight until withdrawn from use and placed in storage. T8191 was sold into civilian hands and registered as G-BWMK. Kevin acquired it in April 2012.
ABOVE: the DH Moth Club’s RAF100 formation BELOW: Well-travelled Tiger Moth T8191 is now flying again