UPSIDE DOWN & INSIDE OUT

When they started flying the DH Tiger Moth and then the Avro Tutor, the Central Flying School’s aerobatic teams of the 1930s were able to put on ever more impressive displays, with inverted flying much on the agenda

CFS TIGER AND TUTOR TEAMS

The Shuttleworth Collection’s DH82A Tiger Moth ‘K2585’/G-ANKT and Avro Tutor ‘K3241’/G-AHSA (really K3215) in CFS aerobatic team colours, being flown by Si Davies and Bob Morcom.
DARREN HARBAR
The inverted K2586 leads 1932’s Tiger Moth formation.
VIA STUART McKAY
New equipment for 1933: five Avro Tutors preview the sequence flown at that year’s RAF Display, with K3240 up front.
ADRIAN M. BALCH COLLECTION
Flt Lt David Waghorn adopts the CFS team’s customary inverted pose, at the controls of Tutor K3364.
KEY COLLECTION

In a programme containing impressively fast and exuberant formation aerobatics by the latest fighters, the stylings of low-powered elementary trainers might easily have seemed second-rate. However, for visitors to the Royal Air Force Displays at Hendon in the 1930s, the demonstrations by the Central Flying School’s instructors were as much of a draw as those offered by their frontline squadron pilot counterparts.

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