More controversially, during the 1991 Ashes Tour in Australia, England were playing a warm up match in Queensland when [former England Cricket Captain David] Gower together with batsman John Morris, chose to go for a joy-ride in two Tiger Moth biplanes without telling the England team management. Both had been dismissed earlier that day, however they decided not to remain at the ground to "watch Allan Lamb and Robin Smith flat the Queensland attack before a small crowd". For this, Gower was fined £1000, a penalty that could have been steeper had he released the water bombs he had also prepared. Gower also posed for press photographs with the plane the next day.This was a big deal. Seriously. As a result of this, its cool name and a few other things the Tiger Moth biplane has achieved such iconic status that it is often considered the definitive pre-WWII plane outdoing the fame of the Sopwith Camel used by the fictional Biggles and many real British airmen or the Red Baron's Fokker DR-1 Tri-plane. It is so famous in fact that it is easy to forget that the Tiger Moth is actually a moth. Which is why it was a nice surprise to spot one sitting in some weeds the other day.
Monday, August 23, 2010
For many British blokes of my age, the phrase Tiger Moth is immediately associated with one massively significant childhood incident that occured in early 1991 and I quote wikipedia: