Tiger Moths over Highclere

Posted by on 30 April 2018

We chanced to stumble across a picture this morning of three de Havilland Tiger Moths flying over Highclere Castle:

Fans of Downton Abbey will, of course, recognize the location.  They may also recall that, early in the show, the Abbey was used as a convalescent home for soldiers wounded in World War I.  As it turns out, that’s actually based in fact: the source of the picture, https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/those-magnificent-men-in-their-flying-machines/, tells the story.

Early aviation led to many injuries if not death and of course in World War I airmen were sent to Highclere as patients. Remarkably, Almina saved both lives and limbs. Whilst the airmen who died here are from a later war, it is again putting names and stories together so they shall not be forgotten.

Moreover, the plane’s designer, Geoffrey de Havilland, had his first flight at Highclere.

Go read the whole thing; it’s fascinating!

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