This video was made specifically to recognise and celebrate just one of the many outstanding achievements of Kevin Crumplin - a very remarkable man and highly respected aviator. It captures the culmination of his hard work and commitment in rebuilding six vintage Tiger Moth aircraft to their original military specification.
As you will see these iconic aircraft are not museum artefacts. They are in continuous use doing exactly what they were designed for. Two of the aircraft are now based in the Czech Republic and had been flown ‘home’ to Henstridge Airfield in Somerset for essential maintenance. We simply couldn’t resist this unique opportunity to capture on film all six of Kevin’s ‘chickens’ together.
The video highlights the exceptional skills demonstrated by Kevin and the other Tiger pilots when flying in close formation in very blustery conditions. It depicts the highest standards of airmanship when the pilot of one of the Czech aircraft (Tiger 40) had to deal with an engine failure during take-off. Fortunately for us, Charlie Huke’s superb ‘text book landing’ in an adjacent field was caught on camera for everyone to see. Absolutely brilliant..!
Most important of all the video recognises the extraordinary dedication and determination shown by Kevin in successfully completing this amazing project. It’s no exaggeration to say the world would be a much emptier and duller place without inspirational people like him. We very much doubt he will be seeing the inside of an old persons’ home anytime soon!
Kevin Crumplin - we salute you.
Ian and Andrew Bruce
PS Later in the afternoon’40’ was fixed and flown out of the field by Richard Santus. A happy and successful conclusion to this truly amazing story. What an incredible team….!