Aeroplane Monthly 1987-12
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M.Jerram - For Business and Pleasure
Autocrats in production at Rearsby during the winter of 1945-46.
The Aeroplane's Autocrat, G-AERO, landing on HMS Illustrious on October 15, 1946 in the English Channel.
The prototype Taylorcraft Auster V J/1 Autocrat, G-AFWN.
This Auster V was modified to take the 100 h.p. Blackburn Cirrus Minor 2, the engine destined to power the successful Taylorcraft Auster V Series J/1 Autocrat, of which G-AFWN became the prototype. Registered in December 1945, this aircraft is currently airworthy and owned by the Leicester Museum of Technology.
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In 1965 Vivian Bellamy re-engined Autocrat G-AGVI with a Rover TP.90 gas turbine engine. The 188 h.p. engine gave the aged Auster a level speed of 115 m.p.h. at 2,000ft.
Ranald Porteous demonstrating an Autocrat fitted with the Goodyear crosswind undercarriage at Sywell on May 21, 1949.
Autocrats in production at Rearsby during the winter of 1945-46.
G-AGTO, the first production Autocrat, preserved in airworthy condition by the Leicester Museum of Technology.
C.Nepean Bishop flying the London Aero Motor Services Autocrat G-AGXJ out of Elstree in 1946. This aircraft was sold in France as F-BGRX in August 1953.
In 1965 Vivian Bellamy re-engined Autocrat G-AGVI with a Rover TP.90 gas turbine engine.
One of the last Rearsby-built J/1s was G-AMTM, originally G-AJUJ and written off in April 1952 but rebuilt in September the same year. G-AMTM is currently airworthy and is based at Finmere.
Autocrat G-AGXG plied the sands at Southport Beach with Giro Aviation until damaged beyond repair at Denham in March 1955.
Autocrat G-AIZU survived a further 18yr following this 1951 incident at Broxbourne, caused by landing with the brakes on.
Autocrat G-AJEI survived this minor mishap in the Forties and is currently airworthy.
The E. J. Riding scale drawing appears by kind permission of Aeromodeller.