Flying visit from the Air Squadron
Aircraft old and new paid a visit to the Isles of Scilly recently, as the Air Squadron came to the islands.
Islanders and visitors were treated to the site of some twenty or so aircraft landing at the Isles of Scilly airport last week, as members of the Air Squadron flew out to Scilly to spend the night on Tresco. With a mixture of ancient and modern aircraft, there were some real treats on show. Built in 1931, the Puss Moth is one of only three in existence, notable for its diminutive size and folding wings. This particular Puss Moth has been flown to Australia, a journey that took some three months. It was a delight to see a de Havilland Dragon, whose sibling the Dragon Rapide was the first aircraft to provide a commercial service to Scilly between the wars. Two Tiger Moths actually landed on the old heliport on Tresco, as the Air Squadron spent the night at the Sea Garden Cottages.
The Air Squadron was founded in 1966 and among its earliest members was Sir Douglas Bader.