Volcanic Ash Grounds Commercial Flights In UK, But Tiger Moth Antiques Soar High

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It was dubbed a "once in a lifetime opportunity" by UKAirshowReview, and I've got to agree—these photos of 13 Tiger Moth planes flying over Gatwick airport, with commercial planes grounded below due to volcanic ash, are amazing.

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The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth, to give it its full name, is a biplane that was used by the Royal Air Force until 1952, but have turned into antique relics that don't get the chance to fly often—though they're sometimes still used when training pilots. The photos in the gallery below show them flying over Gatwick Airport, which is located south of London, last Saturday—just four days after Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted and wreaked havoc across Europe.

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You can see in the photos that—for once!—we have some pretty nice weather here in England. That's part of the reason the volcanic ash is still grounding commercial flights, so for once the UK is hoping for a change in weather. [UK Airshow Review via Katie Scott's Twitter]

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CrispyAardvark
CrispyAardvark

They fly low and they run rough. It takes more than little volcanic smog to ground a Tiger Moth. What Ho!