Tiger Nine take to the skies for rally display

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People from as far as the United States, New Zealand and Australia flew in for the 28th International Tiger Moth Rally at Woburn Abbey.

There was a threat of rain showers but that didn’t deter visitors from enjoying the popular event organised by the de Havilland Moth Club, which was making its return to Woburn following a five-year absence.

Visitors closer to home also arrived in their masses over the weekend to witness the attractions which featured more than 80 assembled vintage and classic aircrafts.

The event culminated in the ‘Tiger Nine’ display team flying nine of their biplanes in close formation.

Earlier crowds were treated to a little piece of history when Henry, Lord Tavistock, son of the event’s hosts – the Duke and Duchess of Bedford – made a flight as a passenger in a Tiger Moth biplane.

In doing so he became the fifth generation of the family to fly in a de Havilland aircraft, a precedent first set by ‘the Flying Duchess’ Mary the Duchess of Bedford, back in 1930.

As well as the impressive dispaly of biplanes there was also more than 100 vintage and classic cars on show which included the unique ‘Reavell Special Rover’ which was built from a wrecked, pre-war Rover Saloon in 1953.

On the day it won the prestgious Bonhams Trophy for the car best summing up the ‘Spirit of the Event.’