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The de Havilland Moth Club, 28th International Moth Rally

Woburn Abbey
August 18, 2013
The de Havilland Moth Club International Rally returned to its spiritual home of Woburn Abbey after a five-year absence. The historic parkland grass airstrip was first used by the Club in 1980 but in 2007 the event was moved to RAF Halton and in 2011 to Belvoir Castle. Last year Belvoir Castle was cancelled two weeks before as the relatively new grass strip was waterlogged.

Pilots and members all welcomed the return to Woburn and were pleased to know that next year the Moths have been invited again by the Duke of Bedford, the dates of August 16-17, 2014 have already been confirmed. This year around 80 Moths and vintage aircraft attended the numbers were lower then anticipated due to the poor Saturday weather and the prospect of landing in crosswinds on the Sunday.

Reports suggest that the final count for Sunday was; 66 de Havilland built aircraft, consisting of three Gipsy Moths, a Puss Moth, 36 Tiger Moths, a Queen Bee, two Thruxton Jackeroos, two Fox Moths, two Leopard Moths, seven Hornet Moths, ten Chipmunks and a single Dragon, Dragonfly and a Dragon Rapide (display only).

Most of the aircraft attending on Sunday arrived during the morning and were on the ground in time for the dinner time hour when the general public were allowed in to the aircraft park to inspect the aircraft at close quarters. The air display commenced at 13:30 with Dragon (G-ECAN) flying over for the 'guess the height and speed competition'. A Gipsy Moth (G-AAWO) followed as a tribute to Dame Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford known as the 'Flying Duchess. She flew at Woburn from 1926 until her fatal crash in a DH.60 Moth in the North Sea in 1937 when she was 71.
Flying from Sywell was the oldest design attending a replica Royal Aircraft Factory BE-2c (G-AWYI) observation biplane, a type which entered service 100 years ago. A Tiger Moth (DE470) performed a solo aerobatic demonstration followed by 'Captain Neville's Flying Circus' consisting of a; Tiger Moth (NM181), Queen Bee (LF858), Thruxton Jackeroo (G-ANZT) and Chipmunk (G-ALWB). This group proceeded to fly a ludicrous cricket match with footballs hurled out each cockpit followed by the DH Moth Club's traditional limbo and balloon bursting routines.

A Leopard Moth (G-AIYS), Fox Moth (G-ACEJ) and the Puss Moth (G-AAZP) made a formation fly past before the Hawk Speed Six (G-ADGP) operating from White Waltham zoomed across the airfield. The Flying Dutchmen formation of a Piper Cub (PH-VCY) and two Tiger Moths (G-AJHS and G-ADGV) were next. The incredibly agile Fieseler Storch (G-STCH 'GM+AI') demonstrated a STOL landing with a roll out of 50 yards. Chipmunk (G-ALWB) performed solo aerobatics before a Dragon Rapide (G-AGJG) operating from Duxford made a few passes. The Tiger Nine team with Tiger Moths; (G-ACDA, G-AHAN, G-AIXJ, G-ANEM, G-ANEN, G-ANFM, DE470 (registered G-ANMY), G-AOBX and G-APLU concluded the air show with a symmetrical formation not made easy by the prevailing stiff breeze which had prevented Junkers (G-BUYU) and two SE.5A replicas (G-BDWJ and G-CCBN) from attending.
DH.82A Tiger Moth (XL714 registered G-AOGR) taking off to the west.
Left to right: The oldest design attending was this replica Royal Aircraft Factory BE-2 observation biplane, a type which entered service 100 years ago.
Miles Hawk Speed Six M.2L (G-ADGP), Piper PA-18 L-21C Super Cub (PH-VCY) and Peter Holloway's Fieseler Storch Fi 156 (G-STCH 'GM+AI').
Left to right: 'Captain Neville's Flying Circus' consisting a; Tiger Moth (NM181), Queen Bee (LF858), Thruxton Jackeroo (G-ANZT) and Chipmunk (G-ALWB).
Left to right: The 'Tiger Nine' team with Tiger Moths; (G-ACDA, G-AHAN, G-AIXJ).
Left to right: The 'Tiger Nine' team with Tiger Moths; (G-ANEM, G-ANEN, G-ANFM).
Left to right: The 'Tiger Nine' team with Tiger Moths; (DE470 registered G-ANMY, G-AOBX and G-APLU).
Stuart Mackay's DH.82A Tiger Moth (G-AZZZ) with eight year old Henry, the future Duke of Bedford in the front seat during his first flight in a light aircraft. 
Left to right: DH.80A Puss Moths (G-AAZP and G-AAWO).
Left to right: DH.87B Hornet Moths (G-ADMT and G-ADKC).
Left to right: DH.87B Hornet Moths (G-ADNE, G-AHBM and G-AELO).
DH.82A Tiger Moth (N8233 ex EM729) inscribed 'Rijks Luchtvaart School Holland (RLS)' it is based at Hilversum in Holland.
Left to right: DH.82A Tiger Moths (G-ADGV, G-AJHS, G-EMSY and G-APMX).
Left to right: DH.82A Tiger Moths (G-ANFL, G-ANHK and G-AIDS).
Left to right: DH.82A Tiger Moths (G-AIDS, G-AFWI and G-AMTV).
Left to right: DH.82A Tiger Moth (DE470 '16' registered G-ANMY).
Left to right: DH.82A Tiger Moths (NM181 registered G-AZGZ and XL714 registered G-AOGR) and DH.82B Queen Bee (LF858 registered G-BLUZ).
Left to right: DH.82A Tiger Moths (K-2572 registered G-AOZH, N-6466 registered G-ANKZ, A17-48 registered G-BPHR and DE623 registered G-ANFI).
Left to right: DH.82A Tiger Moths (G-TIGA, N8233 and G-ANEL).
Left to right: Thruxton Jackeroo (G-AOIR), DH.84 Dragon (G-ECAN) and DH.83 Fox Moth (G-ACEJ).
DH.85 Leopard Moth (G-AIYS).
Left to right: de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk 22s (WD286 registered G-BBND, WG465 registered G-BCEY and WP800 '2' registered G-BCXN).
Left to right: DHC-1 Chipmunk 22s (WB711 registered G-APPM, WZ879 'X' registered G-BWUT and WP971 registered G-ATHD) and DHC-1 Chipmunk 21 (G-AMUF).
Left to right: Avions Fairey Tipsy Belfair (G-APIE) and Miles Messenger 2A (G-AKIN).