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How to fly a Tiger Moth

How to fly a Tiger Moth

here we are in a tiger moth airplane and this is a general layout of its cockpit on the instrument board we have the engine revolution counter the airspeed indicator which shows the speed at which the machine is traveling through the air and underneath a cross level which helps you to keep on an even keel this is the altimeter recording the height of the machine and the oil pressure gauge which has the same function as on the car chair the joystick more correct to turn the control column which can be moved in any direction a sideways movement operates the ailerons controlling the angle of bank in a term there are the ailerons moving the phone laugh movement moves the elevators which makes the nose of a machine go up or down the rudder is operated by the feet all these three controls are used at the same time during flight engine speed is controlled by the throttle open shut open shut and this is the ignition switch up for on and down for off petrol is carried here in this tank when the tap is turned on the petrol flows through this pipeline to the filter just a minute and I'll show there it is and so to the carburetor chops in front of the wheels prevent the machine moving forward when the engine starts switch on oh here we go trucks are taken away and we taxi into position to take off the take off is always made into win and this type of airplane leaves the ground approximately 40 miles an hour there is a left-hand turn left bank and left rudder a right-hand turn right bank and right brother now you are near to the controls are so sensitive and move so slightly despite impossible to see their movements as I'm taking off we always land into wind with the engine throttle back we glide gently towards the ground and again at about 40 miles an hour the machine drop slightly onto the Erica

Reader Comments

  1. Does anyone know if its possible to fold the wings on a Tiger moth similar to DH60 gipsy moth?? To store in in a shed i mean?

  2. It is close to 50 years when I had my first solo in a moth Reg no VT-DDP at Bangalore after 14.30 dual inst flights,,, fag end of my life( 77) but still confident enough to make a safe flight!!! Our moth had a horizontally mounted compass which was a pain to read,,,,,

  3. Britain is one of those forgotten aerospace giants in my opinion. What happened to Gloster, Fairey, De Havilland, Hawker and all the other wonderful companies! ๐Ÿ™ย 

  4. I was born during the Battle of Britain. I have always felt that there are some people born to perform certain duties for their fellow men. Such were the men of the fighter command and bomber command of that era. I have also felt that I was born too late to take part but had I been there, I would have found my place with them. Being an in-between wars person, I have felt left out of things. Too young for WWII and Korea and too old for what has gone on since. I have nothing but respect for those who have preserved the freedom that I enjoy.

  5. In my college days had the fortune to fly Tiger Moth. Here is to share the experience how the machine is flown.

  6. Mr Scott might not have understood your estuary accent, but would have been too polite to make silly comments about it.

  7. Getting the "drops lightly onto the aerodrome" bit right is the tricky part. "Tiggers are very bouncy animals", and if you don't get lose flying speed and altitude simultaneously, it'll demonstrate the fact..

  8. I was lucky enough to go up in a Tiger Moth in 2007. I can vouch for the controls being very sensitive. I took the stick and the slightest pressure had the aircraft changing course. I soon handed back to the pilot! The experience was terrific, starting off with great excitment and enthusiasm, until levelling out after take-off when I realized just how flimsy the thing was. This soon changed into enjoying the flight and the terrific views. I ended up wishing we could have stayed up longer.

  9. You are so smart bomberguy. I am a plane fanatic like you. (imma guy, not a girl) and if you think I know nothing, I know the largest load ever carried by Boeing was about 1 million pounds. That's a lot of weight. It was carried by the 747-8 intercontinental.

  10. "This concludes your ground school instruction. You will now get into your aeroplane and begin the flying segment. Good luck."
    (Okay, maybe that was more WWI style instruction.) ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  11. Definitely a Tiger Moth on the outside, but the instrument panel is labelled as a Moth Major, a slightly earlier Moth with a wooden fuselage and unstaggered wings. On the G- info website from the CAA 'ACSK is listed as a Tiger from new in 1934, so maybe the inside shots are of a different a/c or the panel was transplanted? Anorak off now, I just love these old films, keep up the good work!.

  12. @saxonflyer I'm not arguing with you but my dad served with the RCAF in WWII & he said these were a dream to fly – You had to really TRY to crash. Also, my uncle, a flight instructor with the RAF in WWII, says that if you spin a Moth, just get your hands & feet off the controls & she would fly herself out. I've heard other ex-RCAF pilots echo these observations, too. Maybe your Moths were lemons. Did you ever fly Buccaneers? They're a great plane.

  13. yes, but there allways be "new ol boys" like us to keep up traditions from whern planes were flew by men, not PCยดs

  14. Thanks again Bomberguy, that is C.W.A. Scott , he was my great uncle, Ive never seen this film before, so I'm very pleased to see it !! thanks!!
    If poss could you tag it with C.W.A. Scott

  15. Well, that was easy, wasn't it? Flying a plane achieved in three minutes.

    Next week… "How to be a Gynaecologist !"

  16. I'm surprised by all the negative comments! I fly a Boeing 777 for work, and own a Tiger Moth that I fly for fun. It is a delightful airplane: easy to fly, but difficult to fly well. A pilot would appreciate it's challenges. An "airplane driver" never would.

  17. Dad earned on these in 1942, and he seems to think they got something wrong. When he shows the operation of the throttle he pushes forward to close it and pulls back to open it. We think it's backwards, as any other aircraft we have experience with necessitates the opposite movement on a throttle. Like NORMANCOT1's father, mine went on to Sunderlands after getting his U.S. Navy wings at NAS Pensacola and flying Catalinas.

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