The Tiger Moth Story tells of the creation of this aircraft which was used by the RAF to train pilots during World War Two.It was built by De Havilland and was based on their successful Gipsy Moth craft and was built to fulfil a specific need. The RAF needed an aircraft that pilots wearing parachutes could get out of the front cockpit in an emergency without any difficulty. Tiger Moths were used extensively by the RAF as training aircraft. They also had a walk-on role in the plans to defend Britain from an expected German invasion in 1940. These were desperate times and all available aircraft were pressed into use. The plan, known as Banquet Light, was to equip the Tiger Moths with 20lb bomb racks and use them as low level dive bombers against troops coming ashore. This was effectively a suicide mission. Training pilots and engineers to do the dive bombing was tricky as the authorities did not want to use live bombs, for cost and safety reasons. So the training as done with the trainee flinging a house brick out to the side. Fortunately the invasion never happened and the Tiger Moths and their crews could go back to their role of training the nation’s airmen. After the war it was altered to enable it to become a crop dusting craft and was used in the commercial sector for some time. If you would like to see one in the flesh then visit the De Havilland Museum in London Colney. It is the oldest aviation museum in the UK and they have many different kinds of De Havilland aircraft on display. You can also have a go in a training craft simulator which I believe is a DHC1 Chipmunk T. MK 10. The book is written by Alan Bramson who was flying instructor with the RAF during the Second World War. He continued his flying career after the war and wrote for many aviation magazines. During this time he got the opportunity to fly 270 different types of aircraft.