Aeroplane Monthly 1987-07
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M.Jerram - For Business and Pleasure (4)
The two-seat unnamed successor to the prewar Taylorcraft C, powered by a 75 h.p. Continental C-75-12 engine, which led directly to the Auster J/2 Arrow.
Production J/2 Arrow G-AIJU was sold in Australia in November 1949, where it became VH-BNQ. It was later converted to Auster J/4 standard and reregistered VH-KFF.
The Auster Arrow prototype, G-AICA. Only half a dozen Arrows were sold on the home market.
Auster J/2 Arrow G-AJAM has been soldiering on for 40 years and is one of two examples still extant in the land of their birth.
The sole Auster J/3 Atom was first flown in September 1946, dismantled in 1950 and rebuilt as J/4 G-AJYX later the same year.
Auster J/4 G-AIJM, photographed circa 1959, is still active in the Eighties, having spent much of its time based in the North of England.
John Duer flying the last Auster J/4 built, near Leavesden on August 1, 1960. On May 27, 1961 the same pilot ditched the aircraft near the Varne Lightship. The Auster sank to the seabed and the pilot was rescued.
Auster J/4 G-AIPR photographed shortly after it was built. Today it is owned by Roy Mills and is based at Wycombe Air Park.
In May 1951 Auster J/4 G-AIPL was sold in Australia, where it was fitted with a special crosswind undercarriage and registered VH-AEA.
Auster J/4 G-AIZT takes off from Rearsby in the early Fifties. This aircraft crashed and burned at Gaddesby, Leicestershire in April 1951.