Built by Morris Motors under licence from de Havilland, Tiger Moth NM123 was delivered to the R.A.F. in 1940.
Designed and built to train R.A.F. pilots NM137 fulfilled this role for a year before being transferred to 312 Squadron; a front line Czechoslovakian squadron flying Hurricanes and Spitfires from aerodromes such as Tangmere, Duxford, Redhill, Manston and the forward landing strips at Appledram Chichester.
In 1948 Tiger Moth NM137 was sold to Chelsea Aeronautical College and registered as G-AMNN. She was flown from Redhill by the college flying club until 1964 when a mishap relegated her to a ground instructional airframe at Northbrook College, Shoreham Airport.
In 1991 a full restoration was undertaken by Northbrook College and G-AMNN returned once again to the skies in 1999. Painted in the Southern Aero Club livery G-AMNN was christened "Spirit of Pashley" in dedication to Cecil Pashley the C.F.I. of Southern Aero Club.
Cecil Pashley, a pioneer aviator and founding member of flying at Shoreham attained immense experience instructing pilots on Avro 504 and Tiger Moth aircraft during WWI and WWII accumulating over 20,000 hours of flying instruction by 1967.
Now owned by flying instructor Ian Perry, 'The Pash' remains as the oldest and longest serving aeroplane at Shoreham Airport in West Sussex.