Tigers burn bright

Recreating a spectacle that hadn’t been seen since the 1930s, a special group of Tiger Moths took to the air this year, reveals Darren Harbar

Calling card: Flt Lt P McG Watt leads the 1932 CFS aerobatic team, inverted, over RAF Wittering on June 13, 1932, while rehearsing for their star appearance at Hendon a few weeks later
Getty Images-Charles E Brown

The sight of an RAF Central Flying School (CFS) aerobatic team de Havilland (DH) Tiger Moth has become commonplace in the skies over Bedfordshire’s Old Warden, with the Shuttleworth Collection’s example, G-ANKT, sporting the team’s famed 1930s scheme for several years. However, with three ‘Tigers’ in the UK wearing similar schemes, collection pilot Scott Butler hatched a plan to bring them together. But what makes these aircraft so interesting?

Enter the Tiger

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