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Tiger Moth Flights & Experience Days

Tiger Moth Experiences: Everything you need to know

Chocks away! Tally ho! And so on. The Tiger Moth is a 1930s Royal Air Force classic - a truly iconic aircraft which evokes unique memories in the history of British aviation.

After the Tiger Moth was decommissioned, the remaining bi-planes were snapped up by collectors and airfields so that people like you and me could have a go at flying one. Brilliant. Take to the skies with an experienced instructor for your unforgettable flight in a Tiger Moth: if you prefer to sit back and let your tutor do all the hard work, that’s OK too!

Purchase a voucher from Wish.co.uk to try a dual control flight, or go for a longer lesson with a 20 minute or 30 minute experience. Flying jackets and goggles may well be provided at the venue, but large moustaches are not. There’s no harm in growing one for the occasion, though. (Ladies, that includes you too.)

Tiger Moth flights (or flights in its twin aircraft, the Stampe SV4c) are available at locations throughout the south of England, and all are generally suitable for all ages, but you’ll need to be tall enough to see out of the front. That’s quite important you know.

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FAQs

Q: Moths!
A: Tiger Moths!
Q: So, am I wrangling them or attracting them in some way?
A: You did notice you’re in the aircraft section of our site? So, it’s not the dark side of butterflies we are dealing with, but rather the Tiger Moth vintage plane.
Q: Tell me of its attributes?
A: The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth is an iconic 1930s biplane, mainly used for training and now beloved of flying enthusiasts. It offers an unforgettable airborne experience and we want to get you up in one.
Q: How long do I get inside a Moth?
A: It depends which experience you decide upon, we have flying times of 15, 20, 30 minutes, up to an hour and beyond. Plus you can combine your Tiger flying with a visit to the dam used to train the Dambusters or take a tour of historical military vehicles at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. And more.
Q: Can I wear my oversized novelty foam hat in the shape of a glass of Guinness?
A: No please. We ask you to wear a long sleeved shirt, trousers and soft soled shoes. With some of our experiences you’ll be provided with the loan of a flying jacket, helmet and goggles for that authentic flying feel.
Q: I have a medical issue so remote that it is named after me and they use my image in all their literature, will that hinder me?
A:The Tiger Moth flying experience may not be suitable for anyone who is pregnant, suffers from epilepsy, fits, severe head injuries, recurrent fainting, giddiness or blackouts, high blood pressure, or heart conditions. For their own safety diabetics may be required to produce a medical certificate. Disabled participants are welcome (but please discuss your specific needs with your operator).
Q: I have a photographic memory, look…
A: I would actually call that aggressive blinking, but do go on…
Q: But many others don’t have a photographic memory, can this be addressed?
A: : For many of our experiences, spectators are welcome on the ground to take pictures of you by the plane, in the snack bar, in the car park and so forth. For safety reasons, photographs may not be allowed in the cockpit. In addition there may be photographs and DVDs available for sale.
Q: What if I’m dead old?
A: There usually isn’t a minimum or maximum age for our Tiger Moth experiences, though they may apply at certain locations, so check the small print on your experience or ask your supplier if you have any concerns. If you are under 18 you may need to be accompanied by an adult.
Q: I am the size of a thin pen, should I leave now?
A: There may be specific weight and height requirements connected to your experience, again check the information supplied or just ask.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The DH82A Tiger Moth took its first flight on 26th October 1931 with Chief Test Pilot Hubert Broad at the controls. I would hope that he flew towards a light, just for a lark, but this is unreported.
  • 2. A DH.60 Gipsy Moth, close cousin to the Tiger, was used in the 1985 film Out of Africa, flown by Robert Redford in a particularly rugged and handsome way.
  • 3. A total of 4,005 Tiger Moth IIs were built during the war specifically for the RAF to help in the training of fighter pilots. And we won, so it worked!
  • 4. During the war there was a plan for "paraslashers", a scythe-like blade, to be fitted to Tiger Moths with the intention of cutting parachutists' canopies as they descended to earth. The plan was never put into effect, as it was like, completely blinking crazy.
  • 5. It is estimated that around 250 Tiger Moths are still flying today and the number continues to grow, as retired aircraft are removed from museums and restored into capable flying machines. Which is more than you can say about all those dinosaurs just sitting around doing nothing. Come on guys, pull your finger out.
  • 6. In the 1996 film The English patient, the character portrayed by Ralph Fiennes uses a Tiger Moth in his attempts to chart the Sahara desert. Which I guess is why he was so patient. Because he was just looking at desert.
  • 7. The term ‘drone’ is thought to derive from a pilot-less, radio controlled version of the Tiger Moth, dubbed the Queen Bee, which first appeared in 1935. Bees, moths, drones, it’s like the Animal Planet channel all up in this shizzle.
  • 8. Amy Johnson achieved worldwide fame by flying a Gipsy Moth solo from England to Australia in 1930. She was the Miley Cyrus of her day, with slightly less twerking.
  • 9. It is thought that designer Geoffrey de Havilland's named many of his planes after moths due to his interest in insects. And not, as rumoured, because he loved his mother but couldn’t be bothered writing out her name in full.