A VINTAGE EXPERIENCE

LIVING HISTORY | TIGER MOTH

EDITOR NIGEL PRICE VISITS A FRIENDLY DERBYSHIRE COMPANY THAT OFFERS FLIGHTS IN HISTORIC AIRCRAFT AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE.

Paul Ford, the driving force behind Vintage Flying, astride his BSA military motorcycle.
(NEIL FOSTER/ NEW MOON IMAGES)

On a pleasant sunny day there are few aviation experiences that can rival flying in an open cockpit aircraft – the warm air on your face, a superb view and the feeling of freedom is a real joy. Perhaps one of the best ways to sample this form of flying is in the classic de Havilland Tiger Moth – an elegant biplane that oozes charm and charisma. And what better area to fly over than the rugged and varied landscape of Derbyshire, with its hills, castles and of course the famous Howden, Derwent and Ladybower dams? (The latter three locations being where the Dambusters did part of their training.)

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