About 20 minutes into the flight, Annabelle asked if I’d like to loop the loop. Well, there’s an offer you don’t get every day. Yes please.
We looped, wiggled our wings and waved to Lizzie in the Puggs Meadow field below. It was a magnificent day to be flying, particularly in an open-air Tiger Moth above the quilted meadow patchwork of the Blackmore Vale.
There are four of the biplanes based at the old WWII airfield of Henstridge Airport, just three miles away. There are only around 200 registered Tiger Moths still flying, and this is the biggest group in the country. Not only that, but they date back to the war and are all still flying in their camouflage livery.
They are owned by Kevin Crumplin, who set up Tiger Moth Training with equally experienced pilots Clive Davidson and Annabelle Burroughes. “We do it for pleasure,” says Kevin.