Long history of Tiger operations from Cambridge Airport comes to a close
On 19 June, the two de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moths, G-AHIZ and G-AOEI, of the Cambridge Flying Group left their long-time home at Cambridge City Airport bound for Old Warden, where they will henceforth be based. The move comes as the airport potentially enters its final few years of operation, with Marshall Aerospace moving to Cranfield and aiming to vacate the Cambridge site by 2027.
The Cambridge Flying Group was formed there 70 years ago, following the disbandment of No 22 Reserve Flying School, RAF Volunteer Reserve. It is famed for offering private pilot’s licence training on the Tigers, but also performs introductory flights and trial lessons, and, at the other end of the scale, more advanced instruction. Two DH82As are on strength, G-AHIZ and G-AOEI, of which the latter is returning to Old Warden having been kept there for a time in 1957.
In a statement on Facebook, the group said, “This is the end of an era and the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of Cambridge Flying Group. We are fortunate to have found the perfect location to continue the operation of our two fantastic Tiger Moths. We have received huge support from the Shuttleworth Trust and we are looking forward to a long and secure future at Old Warden.”
Look out for a full feature in the September issue of Aeroplane.