• Trial flying lesson in a classic Tiger Moth
• 20 and 30 minute flight durations are available
• Get kitted out in a genuine sheepskin Irvin jacket, flying helmet and goggles
• Pre-flight briefing and introduction to the aircraft and its controls
• Demonstration of aerobatic manoevres may be possible during your flight, upon request
• Once airborne you will have the opportunity of taking control of the aircraft as part of the flight
• Flight times quoted are chock to chock
What Can I Expect
Looking for Tiger Moth flights in Berkshire? Book your slot flying out from White Waltham Airfield in a 1943 DeHavilland DH82 Tiger Moth. With a 20 or 30-minute flight time to choose between, there’s lots to do and see in the air in this rather lovely vintage aircraft.
This particular Tiger Moth is a bit of a star. She can be seen soaring through the skies over White Waltham in episode 4, series 1 of the acclaimed Netflix show ‘The Crown’. Captain Peter Townsend, the divorced suitor to Princess Margaret played by Ben Miles, takes Prince Philip (played by Matt Smith) up for a lesson.
The rather swoonsome Group Captain Townsend did indeed steal Margaret’s heart, but they never married. And Prince Philip did indeed have his pilot’s licence and he actually took lessons at White Waltham, which is where you will also be flying in this wonderful show-stopper of a Tiger Moth.
Built by Morris Motors at Cowley in 1943, this Moth served for many years with the French Air Force, before returning to England in 1970. Since then she has passed through the hands of several owners and is now the pride and joy of Robin Russell. Robin flew Phantoms in the RAF, executive jets and commercial airliners for easyJet and also holds CAA display pilot accreditation.
Since retiring, flying his Tiger Moth from White Waltham is his passion. And it is indeed Robin who is at the controls in ‘The Crown’ flying scene. He loves nothing better than climbing into the cockpit of his Moth DE992, resplendent in RAF camouflage colours, to show his passenger just how special these planes are.
Light, agile and lively, they are a joy to fly. All the sensations of open-cockpit flying are there. As you soar at 2000ft, you’re high even to get a superb elevated of the Berkshire countryside, whilst still being able to make out all the swimming pools of the gardens around White Waltham’s airfield.
Fuel on, stick back, throttle set and contact! Before you know it, you’re up and away in this stunning Tiger Moth. You get to wear a genuine Irvin leather flying jacket for these experiences and you even have the opportunity to take control of the aircraft, once you’ve reached cruising height, on these Tiger Moth flights over Berkshire.
• Flights generally operate on weekdays with occasional weekend dates available
• Dates and session times are subject to availability and weather conditions
• Minimum age 14
• Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult on the airfield
• Maximum weight limit is 18 stone with weight being in proportion to height
• You need to be agile enough to climb into the cockpit
• If you have any health concerns you should contact your GP before taking part in this activity
• Spectators are welcome to watch you take off and land with plenty of photo opportunities around the aeroplane
• The airfield has free parking and a friendly clubhouse
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Video footage of your flight (Tiger Moth only) can be purchased for an additional charge of £45 payable on the day (cash or bank transfer)
• In the event of maintenance or other operational factors, a Stampe biplane will be offered as an alternative aircraft
• White Waltham Airfield, Berkshire
• The airfield is set in 200 acres on the edge of a picturesque estate in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, it is one of the largest grass airfields in Britain
• Situated just three miles from the M4 (J8/9) and six miles from the M40 (J4)
• Central London is only 35 miles away and easily accessible by train or taxi
• Windsor, Ascot, Henley, Reading and Maidenhead are all within easy reach
• This historic airfield was the HQ of the Air Transport Auxiliary