Image taken at Compton Abbas Airfield 14 May 2011, which is located approximately seven (7) miles (13 kilometres) east of Blandford Forum in east Dorset UK.
Camera Olympus E-30, Focal length 150.0mm,
Shutter speed 1/640s, f/8.0, ISO 200
The de Havilland D.H. 82 Tiger Moth was developed from the popular DH.60M Gipsy Moth. First flown in October of 1931, the D.H. 82 faced stiff competition to become the basic trainer for Britain’s Royal Air Force but emerged the clear winner.
G-ADXT was born on the 9th December 1935 at de Havilland’s Hatfield factory in Hertfordshire. During the war XT was assigned the military serial number BB860 and in her time at 7 EFTS her only recorded accident involved an incident with fellow Tiger Moth R4776 which landed on top of XT on the 17th June 1941 at Desford.
After the war ended she was put into storage, was eventually put into auction and sold to the Christchurch Aero Club at what is now Bournemouth Airport. She left the RAF on the 8th June 1950.
Having been kept at the back of hangars for long periods of time, she was reassembled again and was given a period blue and silver colour scheme. She has been displaying to the public at numerous airshows as part of the Diamond Nine Display Team, but has mostly led a leisurely life flying friends and members of the public for charity.
G-ADXT was again rebuilt completely over a period of two years and emerged from the workshops in the scheme she is in today in the summer of 2003. She is currently embarking on a new commercial life, introducing enthusiasts to the ways of aviation as it was 70 years ago.
You can fly this beautiful example of British aviation history at Southern Flying Centre at Shoreham Airport.