Air Enthusiast 1997-03
M.Lopes - In at the Deep End
Rare ‘operational’ view, D.5/150 3536 among others in Angola.
The PAF Museum’s D.5/160 3548 is maintained in airworthy condition and flies frequently.
A D.5/160 outside the OGMA works. The red and white was the only colour scheme applied to Portuguese Austers, being intended for civil or military use.
D.4 G-25-8 flew for the first time from Rearsby on February 12, 1960. It was crated to Portugal in June.
OGMA-built Auster D.5/160 3356 showing off the attractive cowl line of the Lycoming and the transparency-covered access door.
Entered into service in 1961, some 84 OGMA/Auster D.5/160s were operated by the FAP. Aircraft serial 3556 shows the standard white-red finish.
Line-up of ‘The Porto Squadron’, formed with six D.5/160s - note the lack of spinners.
The D.5/160 saw limited production by the parent company at Rearsby. Last to be built was OE-DEW for Austria, flying for the first time in March 1969.
Portuguese A.F. Auster D.5/160s 3528, 3536 and 3566 and others, derelict at the former BA9 at Luanda in October 1975.
Beagle Auster D.5/160.