Flying In A Tiger Moth Over Leeds Castle – Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent
Flying In a Tiger moth – Take the controls of a DH 82 and follow the training path of WW2 Spitfire pilots – no flying experience required!
The Tiger Moth is a classic 1930’s open cockpit biplane. The majority of the R.A.F.s pilots learnt to fly in her before progressing to such types as the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, Sunderland etc. There are only a small number of Tiger Moths that remain fully certified for trial Tiger Moth flights and therefore this represents a rare opportunity to undertake a flight in one of these classic aircraft and experience what it was like to be an RAF Pilot trainee in the Second World War.
Aero Legends staff greet you at the Aero Legends main reception and proceed with your check-in. Headcorn Aerodrome has free parking and good facilities. With excellent viewing areas of the runway, a café and licensed bar, we encourage your family and friends to savour the atmosphere and share your Flying In A Tiger Moth experience day. You will need to arrive 30 minutes before your flight to meet your instructor and take a short flight briefing where you will receive all the practical safety information required.
The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth was the principal type used in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan where thousands of military pilots got their first taste of flight. The RAF found the Tiger Moth’s handling ideal for training future fighter pilots. A robust little machine, it is generally docile and forgiving in normal flight. The Tiger Moth responds well to control inputs, and is fairly easy to fly for a tail-dragger. Its large “parachute” wings are very forgiving, and it stalls at a speed as slow as 25 knots with power. The Tiger Moth’s biplane design makes it strong, You will be in constant communication with your instructor through your flying helmet. The instructor will handle the take off and landing – at their discretion during the Flying In A Tiger Moth experience you will be introduced to the flight controls. A 30 minute experience is enough time to visit Leeds Castle. From above you can experience unique views of Leeds Castle, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for over 900 years. Why not visit or stay at Leeds Castle.
Photography and video
Your Flying In A Tiger Moth experience in the de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth can be filmed throughout your lesson with your own device. Phones and cameras can be used, at your own risk, during your flight if they are secured by a neck lanyard or wrist strap. Spectators and family members can take photos and videos from the ample viewing areas assigned in safe positions at the aerodrome.
Booking a flying lesson date
Flying In A Tiger Moth is possible on dates throughout the April – October flying season. In common with other flying experiences, ours are purchased as a voucher receipt via email plus a posted Vintage Gift Pack. These can be presented to the lucky recipient on that special occasion such as a Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary or Retirement celebration perhaps. Having received their Gift pack, the recipient calls us to book a date to fly.
Just to say a big thank-you to all involved with Jane’s birthday Tiger Moth flight this afternoon. She enjoyed it immensely and is still smiling about it this evening,one to remember!
Just a line to say what a superb experience I had flying in the Tiger Moth last Saturday. Almost seemed surreal . The pilot was fantastic, calm, clear and friendly which indeed made the experience all the much better. Thank you for making my day.
We could not let this week end without saying a big ‘thank you’ to you all for a brilliant afternoon this week. I had the most memorable experience flying over Leeds Castle in your World War II RAF de Havilland Tiger Moth trainer. The afternoon, meeting and talking with you all really was the icing on the cake for me.