Nostalgia. Pure and simple. And unmistakable sounds and smells. Once you have donned the gear and taken in the beauty of the craft, your pilot will give you a short history of the plane before taking you airborne to experience the real thrill of a Tiger Moth joy flight. And that can mean only one thing – flying as low as 500 feet above sea-level for truly amazing and breathtaking views from Point Cook, VIC, to Redcliffe, QLD, as well as Sydney, Pimpama and beyond.
Who can fail to enjoy that air-chopping chug of the single blade rotor and the waft of old aviator leather as you climb into the open cock pit? Then there’s the smell of fuel and the wind in your face? It’s all so evocative of a time long gone, but thanks to gift experiences like these lives on for everyone to enjoy today.
The Tiger Moth is a 1930s fixed-wing open cockpit biplane designed by British aviation pioneer Geoffrey de Havilland. The plane is interesting because, like other biplanes, it has no electrical system, thus the propeller has to be activated by hand – one of the endearing characteristics of this unique aircraft.
It has big "parachute" wings which are very forgiving, and which provides the airborne excitement as it weaves and dips to the command of the wind. The open cockpit allows the pilots to stick their heads over the side to see the runway, and joy flight riders to look down at the exhilarating views, again adding to the fun of being flown in this beautiful plane.