Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
is a 1930s biplane designed and built by the de
Havilland Aircraft Company. It was operated by the Royal Air
Force and many other operators as a primary trainer aircraft.
The Second World War saw RAF Tiger Moth carrying out a
number of other roles, including maritime surveillance,
defensive anti-invasion preparations, and even some aircraft
that had been outfitted to function as armed light bombers.
This photo was taken at
the Daedalus100 event; an event to celebrate 100 years of the airfield
at Lee-on-Solent and took place over the two days of 16th - 17th
September 2017. Day one was a glorious day with sunshine all day
and very little wind, alas, day two was overcast and breezy.
The took the form of static aircraft displays, many of which flew
in to the delight of the early birds. There was a mixture of
light aircraft and helicopters, all of which were parked to
allow you to get close for some nice photos. Also on site was
a varied mixture of stalls, with plenty of things to keep the
Daedalus air station was first
established in 1917 as HM Naval Seaplane Training School and
transferred to the RAF in 1918. When the Fleet Air Arm was
established in 1937 it was then transferred to the navy and
named HMS Daedalus. There have been many moves to close the
airbase, but thanks to many people’s tenacity, it is now going
to remain, even if a little smaller. The Airfield is now owned
by Fareham Borough Council, and has been renamed Solent
Aviation enthusiasts will be pleased to hear
that there is now an outdoor seating area serving the needs of
those who like to take photographs. Alternatively you could
just grab a cuppa and a burger from the small cabin by the
entrance and just relax wathing the airfield activitiy. For
future reference there are plans to hold a 75th anniversary
event in 2019 to commemorate the the D-Day Landings.