AEROPLANE MEETS DAVID CYSTER

England to Australia by Tiger Moth, England to Cape Town by Rapide — this ex-RAF fighter pilot’s exploits embody the spirit of adventure

BEN DUNNELL

It was literally front-page news. The RAF pilot flying a Tiger Moth solo from England to Australia kept the press occupied for a few weeks in early 1978, chronicling the ups and downs of a suitably intrepid tribute to the exploits of Bert Hinkler half a century earlier. His success in reaching Darwin was cause for celebration. “Weary, Elated Cyster Arrives”, said the headline on The Northern Territory News. “Cyster Makes It!” declared the Daily Mirror. It even merited mention in the House of Commons. “I was tempted to think”, said Conservative MP Neville Trotter during a debate on the RAF, “that in next year’s White Paper we might see Flt Lt David Cyster’s Tiger Moth added to the long-range force as an additional commitment to NATO.”

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