Tiger Moth dH82a – “Spirit of Pashley”
NM137 started life in 1940 with the RAF. Built by Morris Motors under licence from De Haviland. Designed and built to train RAF pilots, NM137 fulfilled this roll for a year, before being transferred to 312 Sqn, a front line Czechoslovakian squadron, flying Hurricanes and Spitfires from aerodromes such as Tangmere, Duxford, Redhill, Manston and the forward landing strip at Appledram near Chichester.
In 1948, NM137 was sold to Chelsea Aeronautical College, registered G-AMNN, and flown from Redhill in the college flying club up to 1964, when a mishap relegated her to ground instructional duties at Northbrook College, Shoreham Airport.
In 1991, a full restoration was undertaken, and she returned to the skies in 1999. Dedicated to Cecil Pashley, a pioneer aviator and founder member of flying at Shoreham Airport, “Pash” attained immense experience instructing pilots during WW1 & WW2 in Avro 504’s and Tiger Moth’s, accumulating over 20,000 hours instruction by 1967.
Now owned and operated by Perry Air, the “Pash”, remains both the oldest, and longest serving aeroplane at Shoreham Airport.