A Brief History of the deHavilland Tiger Moth...

A General History of the Tiger Moth

Air Ministry poster...
Air Ministry Poster modified to show the aeroplane in Dutch Air Force markings. One of many air training cadets qualifying in the Tiger Moth...
David Hodgkinson (aged 17) a flying scholarship winner who has qualified as a pilot whilst still in the Air Training Corps photographed at Barton aerodrome near Eccles. With his civil pilot's license, he stands a chance of succeeding in his application for admission to Cranwell. Of his first solo flight he said: "It was quite a relief to get rid of the instructors voice bawling in your ear."
By courtesy of Evening Telegraph. A day out with the Tiger Moths...
Jane enjoys a day out with the Tiger Moths

Originally developed from the deHavilland DH60M Gipsy Moth, the DH82a Tiger Moth first flew in Oct 1931 and was put in production throughout the British Commonwealth where it found many applications, most notably becoming the basic trainer aircraft for the RAF.

Throughout the war years it was this simple aircraft that virtually all our pilots learnt to fly in.

Around 8700 Tiger Moths were manufactured with 4200 being bought by the RAF; it remained in operational service until 1951.

The Tiger Moth saw service with University air squadrons used as squadron hacks, glider towing, and as an aerobatic aeroplane.

To this day this lovable aircraft continues to delight aviationand flying enthusiast there are still around 250 operational Tiger Moths, being used by private individuals and flying clubs.


Tiger Moth: G-AKUE History

Tiger Moth G-AKUE was manufactured in Portugal in 1939, the aeroplane was flown to Mozambique and then onto Northern Rhodesia where it was used for general transport.

Many aircraft in the area were given names, this Tiger Moth was known as "Nokomis" Daughter of the Moon, but to the local Africans it was simply known as "The Big Bird".

Eventually the aircraft found its way to England. The British registration allocated to the aircraft was originally allocated to an Avro Tudor aircraft which was a post war civilian version of the famous Lancaster bomber, the registration was not taken up by the Avro Tudor so it was then allocated to this particular Tiger Moth.


Redhill Aerodrome History

Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey, where the aircraft is operated from is the original home of the Tiger Club. The aerodrome came into use in 1934 for the Redhill Flying club and before the start of World War 2 was used as an RAF training airfield.

With the outbreak of the war the airfield became a satellite airfield for the near-by Kenley aerodrome and played a key part in the Battle of Britain and later the run-up to the D-Day invasion of Europe.

After the war the airfield was increasingly used for leisure and commercial operations and remains so to this day.

Many developments of the barnstorming, aerobatics, air racing and wing walking took place at this location during the 1950's and 60's. The video "A Tiger's Tale" filmed with Christopher Reeve and other celebrities is also associated with this historic Surrey airfield.

Tiger Moth G-AKUE in flight...