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DH82a - DE HAVILLAND TIGER MOTH / G-ASKP (KILO PAPA)
 
DH82a - DE HAVILLAND TIGER MOTH / G-ACDJ (DELTA JULIET)

Tiger Moth G-ASKP is owned by the Tiger Club and lives in Headcorn (Kent)
G-ASKP can be flown on trial lessons on a regular basis from: Kent - West Sussex

 

HISTORY

1939-1939
This aircraft was built at De Havilland's factory at Hatfield during 1939, under constructors number 3889. It was part of a batch of 400 Tiger Moths ordered under Air Ministry Contract No 778402/38 to be delivered to the RAF between November 1938 and July 1939. The time taken to build aircraft in those days was considerably faster than nowadays. It was delivered to the RAF with serial number N6588 in February 1939.

1939-1944
N6588 has had a busy training life from the very beginning. It was initially taken on charge at No. 5 MU (Maintenance Unit) on 14 th Feb 1939 and was then delivered to Ansty aerodrome in Warwickshire on 12 th September 1939, where it served with the training unit 9 ERFTS run by Air Service Training which very soon became 9 EFTS (Elementary Flight Training School) at the outbreak of WW2. N6588 was transferred to 9 EFTS on 15 th October 1939. The records show that it stayed with this unit throughout its RAF service. 9 EFTS was disbanded on 31 st March 1944 and

1944-1953
N6588 was moved to No. 20 MU on 1 st April 1944 and put into storage. It was eventually struck off charge and sold at a RAF auction to A.J. Whittemore of Croydon, Surrey on 6 th November 1953. Whittemore's were an aircraft sales company and later went on to sell aircraft radios, when they became A.J. Whittemore (Aeradio) Ltd.

1954-1963
G-ASKP was stored for some years at Croydon before being sold onto Rollason Aircraft & Engines sometime during the 50's. There were many Tiger Moths in storage as around 10,000 had been built and the majority had been sold or reduced to scrap during the 1950's. The civilian market did not require the numbers that were available. It was finally registered to Rollason Aircraft & Engines Ltd. at Croydon on 22 nd July 1963.

1964-1970
Norman Jones who was the owner of Rollasons and the Tiger Club, placed SKP on the Tiger Club fleet in June 1964, at which point it had flown a total of 1755 hours. During the early 60's the Tiger Club operated many DH82a Tiger Moths, some stayed with the fleet for many years, others were sold on to private owners after a short time, G-ASKP was destined to stay with the Club. It was immediately put to use at Club displays around the country in the Tiger Formation Aerobatics and Formation teams.

It was originally painted in a yellow and red harlequin scheme, one side of the fuselage and each wing red, the other side yellow. It was considered at the time to be a rather odd looking scheme. It has had various colour schemes since then, including a blue fuselage and silver wings and then a different red and yellow scheme before being repainted at the end of 1996 in the current maroon and silver, of the 1930's De Havilland Flying School colours.

1970-1985
SKP has suffered a few incidents. It was damaged taxiing into a dyke at Hull-Paull airport in 1970. In March 1971 it crashed into trees, going backwards at the time so the story goes, at Challock, Kent. It seems to have had a liking for vehicles, having hit one on take off in January 1985 at Redhill and another on landing in October 1988, just after being rebuilt from the previous accident.

1985-today
The Tiger Club moved from Redhill to Headcorn in 1990. Throughout its life with the Club it has been used as a training aircraft and general Club aircraft and has now accumulated more than 5000 hours. SKP is also used in the current Biplane Formation Team which can be seen at many airshows around the country, each summer.

 
KEY DATES  
1939 Built in Hatfield as N6588
1939 RAF Elementary Flight Training School
1944 RAF No. 20 MU Storage
1953 Bought & restored by Aeradio Ltd
1954 Stored by Rollason Aircraft & Engines
1964 Tiger Club - Redhill
1970 Taxiing accident
1971 Crashed into trees - Restoration
1985 Crashed into a vehicle - Restoration
Since Used as a trainer by the Tiger Club
 
DH82a - DE HAVILLAND TIGER MOTH / G-ACDJ (DELTA JULIET)
 
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