Aircraft maintenance visit - Jodel and a Tiger Moth
Ongoing maintenance of air frames is always at the forefront of any aircraft owners mind. Our Air Explorers spent an evening in the hangers learning how aircraft are stripped back to the bare bones and then rebuilt to ensure safety in the air. The Jodel holds its own particularly unique position when under maintenance being tilted onto its nose to allow access to the wings. We learnt stitching and doping techniques and saw how the fabric is precision cut to stretch over the air frame.
The Jodel's hanger buddies also created great interest as we learnt the history of how the Tiger Moth was developed as an enhanced version of previous Moths and was a mainstay training aircraft. Thank you to our hosts Alan, Nick and John who were incredibly welcoming and informative. We had great trouble tearing the Air Explorers away from our short visit as they could have spent several more hours in the Hanger.