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Auster

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   Auster Aircraft Limited




History

Following the purchase by the Leicestershire County Flying Club, operating from Rearsby Aerodrome, of a Taylorcraft Model A from the USA, club member Alfred Launcelot Wykes (b. 29 April 1899, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, the son of Alfred and Sarah Wykes - d. 14 May 1944, following a crash demonstrating an Auster IV) decided there was a ready market for it in the UK. Wykes was managing director of textile machinery company Crowther Ltd, of Thurmaston, Leicester and, following acquisition of licence rights for the newer Model B, Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Ltd was registered as a private company on the 21 November 1938, with works behind Crowthers factory at Brittania Works, Thurmaston.

The first aircraft built at the Brittania Works differed from the original American Model B by using heavier gauge British standard tubing and larger wing spars and was designated the Model Plus C. The aircraft had to be towed to Ratcliffe aerodrome, owned by Sir Lindsay Everard, for flight test.

Following military interest in the Model Plus C, 1939 saw a change to a more powerful British powerplant producing the Model Plus D which eventually entered service with the British Army as the Auster I. Taylorcraft were very occupied as a repair organisation throughout the war and as part of this four new hangers were built at the Rearsby Aerodrome. The Plus D jigs were moved there and all further Auster aicraft were flown from there, production being centered at a former shoe factory at Syston. Variants of the Taylorcraft Auster continued throughout the war, culminating in the Model K Auster Mk.6.

The licence agreement with Taylorcraft of America having ended postwar, the company name was changed to Auster Aircraft Limited on 8 March 1946. Production continued at Rearsby, where both design and manufacture centered from 1947, of both civil and military aircraft, almost all developments of the original Taylorcraft design. On 7 October 1960, the company was taken over by the Pressed Steel Company to form part of Beagle Co. Ltd, the project then going through the design office finally appearing as the Beagle A.109 Airedale.

Auster design and development continued within the new corporate framework, until 1968 when all Auster design and development ceased, the Auster rights being sold to Hants and Sussex Aviation.

Company References
  1. History of the Auster Aeroplane, The, A.V. Hitchman and Mike Preston (The International Auster Club Heritage Group, 2006)
  2. Auster – Nearly all you wanted to know, Mike Preston and Mick Ames (The International Auster Club Heritage Group, 2002)
  3. Auster - The Company and The Aircraft, Tom Wenham, Rod Simpson and Malcolm Fillmore (Air-Britain Publications, 2018)
  4. False Dawn: The Beagle Aircraft Story, Tom Wenham (Air-Britain Publications, 2015)
  5. Auster Quarterly Vol 1, Nos 1-6 (available online at http://austerhg.org/auster_mags/
  6. Beagle News Vols 4-8 (available online at http://austerhg.org/beagle_mags/
  7. Air Britain Digest, 1989/2 (Air-Britain Publications)
  8. Aeroplane Monthly, Sep-Oct 1977
  9. British Private Aircraft, 1946-1970, Volume 1, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (Mushroom Model Publications, 2013)
  10. The Taylorcraft Story, Chet Peek (Three Peaks Publishing, 1992)
  11. Aviation News Vol 17 No 19



Auster Designations top
Following the Taylorcraft Model C, the company used a designation system whereby each new design was allocated a single letter in alphabetical sequence, while modifications of the basic design were designated by a slash and numeric sequence (i.e., Model D, Model D/1).
During 1945 the company began once again to look towards civil production and a complete family of designs was developed from the Model J. These were again designated with a slash and numeric sequence added to the basic Model J designation (i.e., J/1, J/2 etc.). Further, each of the J/1 and J/5 versions were divided into a further sub-series denoted by a letter suffix (i.e., J/1A, J/1B etc.). Initially, each of the J/1 and J/5 families had sub series A and B, but beginning with C, all the Model J families followed a single alpabetic sequence.
In the late 1940s, Auster adopted the SBAC designation system for all new designs. While developments of the original Taylorcraft designs continued with the Alpha/Numeric system, with Models M & N of 1948, being original designs not developed from the original Taylorcraft, moved to the new designation system.

The Model J Family
The Model J spawned a whole family of sub types, each indicated by a numerical suffix. In addition, both the J/1 and J/5 were divided into further sub series identified by a letter suffix, unified after the letter B. The missing letter suffices, C, D & M, belong to the 5C, 5D & 5M respectively, all conversions of military Mk.Vs, but integrated into the same alpha series.

Model J Versions in Numerical Order

J/1 & J/5 Sub-Series in Alphabetical Order

 J/1  Autocrat J/1 Autocrat
 A  J/5 Autocrat/Adventurer
 B Aiglet J/1A 
 N Alpha J/5A 
 S Autocrat J/1B Aiglet
 U Workmaster J/5B Autocar
 W  J/5E Autocar
 Y  J/5F Aiglet Trainer
 J/2  Arrow J/5G Cirrus Autocar
 J/3  Atom J/5H Autocar
 J/4  Archer J/5J (Project)
 J/5  Autocrat/Adventurer J/5K Aiglet Trainer
 A  J/5L Aiglet Trainer
 B Autocar J/1N Alpha
 E Autocar J/5P Autocar
 F Aiglet Trainer J/5Q Alpine
 G Cirrus Autocar J/5R Alpine
 H Autocar J/1S Autocrat
 J (Project) J/5T Autocar
 K Aiglet Trainer J/1U Workmaster
 L Aiglet Trainer J/5V Autocar
 P Autocar J/1W 
 Q Alpine J/5X (Project)
 R  Alpine J/1Y 
 T Autocar J/5Z (Project)
 V Autocar
 X (Project)
 Z  (Project)
 J/6  (Project)
 J/7  (Project)
 J/8 F Aiglet Trainer
 K Aiglet Trainer
 L Aiglet Trainer   




Project Data top
Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Limited

Project No
Type No
Name
Alternative Name(s)
Year
Spec (Requirement)
Status
Qty
Description
References
   C  Plus C    1939    Prdn  23   2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,7,9,10,370
   C/2  Plus C/2    1941    Prdn  (15)  Model C modified to D/1 standard  1,3,7
   D  Plus D    1939    Prdn  8(60)  2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,7,10,12
   D/1  Auster I    1942    Prdn  100   2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,8,20,324,326
   E  Auster III    1942    Prdn  468(3)  2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,8,18,20,307,308,324,326,369,371
   F  Auster II    1942    Prdn  2   2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,8,13,20,324,326
   G  Auster AOP.IV    1943    Prdn  254(1)  2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,8,14,20,307,308,324,326,365,366,369,372
   H      1943    Proto  (1)  3S high wing monoplane glider  1,3,14,326
   J  Auster AOP.V    1944    Prdn  790   2/3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,8,19,20,307,308,317,324,326,335,369
   J  Auster 5    1944    Prdn  (252)  Civilian conversion of Auster AOP.IV & AOP.V  1,3,6,10
     (none)  (Sharps Special)  1945    Proto  1   2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,300
   K  Auster AOP.VI  Auster AOP.6  1945    Prdn  378   3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,8,15,19,326,332,335,335,339,340,341,342,343,
 344,345,346,347,348,349,350,351,352,354,358,364
   J/1  Autocrat    1945    Prdn  420(3)  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,311,373


Auster Aircraft Limited top
The Alpha/Numeric sequence.

Project No
Type No
Name
Alternative Name(s)
Year
Spec (Requirement)
Status
Qty
Description
References
   E  3    1946    Prdn  (52)  Civilian conversion of Taylorcraft Auster III  1,3,6,10
   L      1946    Pro(n)  1  2S, 1E low wing light a/c  3,300,301,800
   J/2  Arrow    1946    Prdn  43(1)  2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,309
   J/3  Atom    1946    Proto  1   2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10
   J/4  Archer    1946    Prdn  27(2)  2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,309
   J/5  Autocrat  Adventurer  1947    Prdn  53   3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,11
   J/6      1947    Proj  0  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
   J/7      1947    Proj  0  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
   G  4    1948    Prdn  (21)  Civilian conversion of Taylorcraft Auster AOP.IV  1,3,6,10
   M      1948  A.2/45  Proj  0  2/3S, 1E high wing AOP a/c  3
   N  A.2/45    1948  A.2/45  Proto  2   2/3S, 1E high wing AOP a/c  1,3,306,328
   P  Avis    1947    Proto  2   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,10,374
   Q  T.7    1948    Prdn  88   2S, 1E high wing monoplane trainer  1,3,8,11,327,332,335,352,353,354,355,356,357,
 359,360,361,362,363,380
   K  Auster 6    1949    Prdn  (40)  Civilian conversion of Auster AOP.6  1,3,6
   K  Auster 8  AOP.8  1949    Proj  0  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  3,375
   K  Auster T.10    1949    Prdn  (10)  Trainer conversion of Auster AOP.6  1,3,327
   J/1A  Autocrat    1949    Prdn  (???)  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
   J/5A  Autocrat    1950    Prdn  5(1)  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,10
   J/1B  Aiglet    1950    Prdn  87(4)  2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,312,377
   J/5B  Autocar    1949    Prdn  85(1)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,313,367
   J  5A    1950    Prdn  (???)  Civilian conversion of Auster AOP.V  3,6
   J  5C    1950    Proto  (2)  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6
   J  5D    1950    Prdn  1(24)  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6
   J/5E  Autocar    1950    Prdn  1   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,376
   S      1951    Proto  1   4S, 1E high wing AOP  1,3
   J/5F  Aiglet Trainer    1951    Prdn  87   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,312
   J/5G  Cirrus Autocar    1951    Prdn  94(2)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6
   J/5K  Aiglet Trainer    1952    Prdn  1(1)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,312
   J  5M    1953    Prdn  (3)  3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6
   J/5L  Aiglet Trainer    1954    Prdn  27(2)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,312
   J/8F  Aiglet Trainer    1954    Pro(n)  1  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
   J/8K  Aiglet Trainer    1954    Proj  0  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
   J/8L  Aiglet Trainer    1954    Proto  (1)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6
   J/1N  Alpha    1956    Prdn  45(61)  2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10
   J/5P  Autocar    1955    Prdn  23(3)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6
   J/5Q  Alpine    1956    Prdn  4   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10
   J/5R  Alpine    1956    Prdn  7(1)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,381
 (See Note 1)  J/1S      1956    Prdn  (2)  Re-engined J/1  1,3,6
   Q  7    1957    Prdn  (4)  Civilian conversion of Auster T.7  1,3
   J  Alpha 5    1957    Prdn  14   2S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,10
   J/5T      1957    Prdn  1   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
 (See Note 3)  J/5H  Cirrus Autocar    1957    Prdn  (1)  Re-engined J/5B  1,3,6
   J/1U  Workmaster    1958    Prdn  10   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,315,330
   J/5V  Autocar    1959    Prdn  1   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
   J/1W      1959    Prdn  1   3S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
   J/5X      1959    Proj  0  Re-engined Aiglet Trainer  1,3
 (See Note 2)  J/1Y      1959    Prdn  (2)  Re-engined Autocrat  1,3
   J/5Z      1959    Proj  0  Re-engined Alpine  1,3
   J/5J      1959    Proj  0  Re-engined Adventure  1,3
   K  6A Tugmaster    1960    Prdn  (31)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,316
   K  6B Terrier  A.61 (Note 4)  1961    Prdn  (75)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,4,6,10


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The SBAC system sequence.

Project No
Type No
Name
Alternative Name(s)
Year
Spec (Requirement)
Status
Qty
Description
References
   A1    
Model M redesignated - See Model M
   A2    
Model N redesignated - See Model N
   A3      1947    Proj  0  2S, 1E low wing light a/c  1,3
   A4      1948    Proj  0  2/4S, 1E low wing AOP a/c  1,3
   A5      1948    Proj  0  2S, 1E low wing AOP a/c  1,3
   A6      1948    Proj  0  2S, 1E touring trainer  1,3
   A7      1948    Proj  0  5S, 2E high wing pusher a/c  3,16,305,329
   A8      1948    Proj  0  3S, 1E low wing AOP a/c  1,3
   A9  T.16/48    1949 T.16/48  Proj  0  2S, 1E basic trainer  1,3
   B1      1951    Proj  0  2S, 1E mid-wing AOP a/c  3
   B2      1951    Pro(n)  1  Pilotless target  3
   B3      1951    Prdn  150   Pilotless target  1,3,5,321,322,323
   B4  Ambulance    1951    Proto  1   1E high wing ambulance / freighter  1,3,10,314,327,368,378
   B5  AOP.9    1954  A.20/49  Prdn  183   4S, 1E high wing AOP  1,3,4,8,327,332,333,335,379
   B5  9M    1967    Prdn  (23)  Civilian conversion of AOP.9  1,3,6
   B6      1953    Proj  0  1S, 1E high wing agricultural a/c  3,318
   B7      1953    Proj  0  5S, 2E tourer  1,3
   B8  Agricola    1956    Prdn  8(5)  1S, 1E agricultural a/c  1,2,3,2,6,10,314,318,382
   B9      1954 HR.144T  Proj  0  2S, 1E light helicopter with tip ramjets  1,2,3,801
   C1      1955    Proj  0  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3
   C2      1955    Proj  0  2/3S, 1E light helicopter  1,3
   C3      1955    Proj  0  2S, 1E AOP helicopter  1,3
   C4  Antarctic    1955    Prdn  (2)  2S, 1E high wing monoplane trainer  1,3
   C5      1955    Proj  0  5/6S, 1E high wing ambulance / freighter  1,3
   C6  Atlantic    1957    Proto  1   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,6,10,302,315
   C7      1956    Proj  0  2S, 2E military helicopter  1,3
   C8      1956    Proj  0  2S, 1E ultralight helicopter  1,3
   C9      1956    Proj  0  Advanced version of B3  1,3
   D1      1957    Proj  0  11S, 2E troop transport  1,3
   D2      1958    Proj  0  2S, 1E AOP a/c  1,3
   D3      1958    Proj  0  2S, 1E low-wing light a/c  1,3
   D4    D4/108  1960    Prdn  15   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,4,6,10,17,315,325,331,383
   D5 (5)      1959    Proj  0  4S, 1E all metal aircraft with retractable u/c.  3
   D5  Husky  D5/160, D5/180  1961    Prdn  176(1)  4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,4,6,10,17,315,325,331,334
   D6    D6/160, D6/180  1960    Prdn  4   4S, 1E high wing monoplane light a/c  1,3,4,6,10,315,325,331,384
   D7      1960    Proj  0  Agricultural version of D5  1,3
   D8      1960  
   D9      1960    Proj  0  Tricycle version of D4  1,3
   E1      1960    Proj  0  4S, 1E all metal aircraft with retractable u/c.  3
   E2  Unknown              
   E3  Auster 11  A.115  1961  
   E4    AOP.12  1961    Proj  0  E3 fitted with high lift slats  3

Project References                    To show project references in a floating window

Project References      

1        Austers - 'Nearly All You Want To Know', Mike Preston & Mick Ames (International Auster Club Heritage Group, 2002)

2        The History of the Auster Aeroplane, A.V. Hitchman and Mike Preston (The International Auster Club Heritage Group, 2006)

3        Auster - The Company and The Aircraft, Tom Wenham, Rod Simpson and Malcolm Fillmore (Air-Britain Publications, 2018)

4        False Dawn: The Beagle Aircraft Story, Tom Wenham (Air-Britain Publications, 2015)

5        Sitting Ducks and Peeping Toms, Michael I. Draper (Air Britain (Historians), 2011)

6        British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 2nd Ed., 1973)

7        British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 2nd Ed., 1974)

8        Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918, Owen Thetford (Putnam, 1979)

9        British Light Aeroplanes 1920-1940, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2000)

10      British Private Aircraft 1946-1970, Volume 2, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (Mushroom Model Publications, 2013)

11      Aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, David Duxbury, Ross Ewing and Ross Macpherson (Heinemann, 1987)

12      Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.II, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1941)

13      Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.IV, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1943)

14      Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.V, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1944)

15      Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.VI, C.B. Maycock and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1945)

16      Stuck on the Drawing Board, Richard Payne (Tempus, 2004)

17      Spanish and Portuguese Military Aviation, John M. Andrade (Midland Counties Publications, 1977)

18      Dutch Military Aviation 1945-1978, Paul A Jackson (Midland Counties Publications, 1978)

19      History of Pakistan Army Aviation 1947-2007 (Historical Section, Army Aviation Directorate, 2008)

20      The Hamlyn Concise Guide to British Aircraft Of The WWII, David Mondey (Hamlyn, 1982)

21      The Taylorcraft Story, Chet Peek (Three Peaks Publishing, 1992)

300    Auster Quarterly No. 2

301    Beagle News No.6, available at http://austerhg.org/

302    Auster News Volume 6 No 7, available at http://austerhg.org/

303    Aeroplane Monthly Sep 1977

304    Aeroplane Monthly Oct 1977

305    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1977

306    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1983

307    Aeroplane Monthly May 1987

308    Aeroplane Monthly Jun 1987

309    Aeroplane Monthly Jul 1987

310    Aeroplane Monthly Jul 1987

311    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1987

312    Aeroplane Monthly Jan 1988

313    Aeroplane Monthly Feb 1988

314    Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1988

315    Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1988

316    Aeroplane Monthly May 1988

317    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1989

318    Aeroplane Monthly May 1997

319    Air Britain Archive 1994/3 (Air-Britain Publications)

320    Air Britain Digest 1989/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

321    Air Britain Digest 1995/3 (Air-Britain Publications)

322    Air Britain Digest 1996/1 (Air-Britain Publications)

323    Air Britain Digest 1996/4 (Air-Britain Publications)

324    Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 11

325    Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 68

326    Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 121

327    Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 122

328    Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 123

329    Air Pictorial Feb 1954

330    Air Pictorial Aug 1958

331    Air Pictorial Aug 1967

332    Air Pictorial Jan 1983

333    Air Pictorial Mar 1983

334    Aviation News Vol 4 No 6

335    Aviation News Vol 12 No 21

336    Aviation News Vol 13 No 8

337    Aviation News Vol 17 No 19

338    Aviation News Vol 17 No 22

339    BARG Roundel Jan 1982

340    BARG Roundel Mar 1982

341    BARG Roundel May 1982

342    BARG Roundel Jul 1982

343    BARG Roundel Sep 1982

344    BARG Roundel Nov 1982

345    BARG Roundel Jan 1983

346    BARG Roundel Mar 1983

347    BARG Roundel May 1983

348    BARG Roundel Jul 1983

349    BARG Roundel Nov 1983

350    BARG Roundel Jan 1984

351    BARG Roundel Jul 1984

352    BARG Roundel Jan 1985

353    BARG Roundel Mar 1985

354    BARG Roundel Jul 1985

355    BARG Roundel Jan 1986

356    BARG Roundel Mar 1986

357    BARG Roundel May 1986

358    BARG Roundel Nov 1986

359    BARG Roundel Jan 1987

360    BARG Roundel Mar 1987

361    BARG Roundel Sep 1987

362    BARG Roundel Nov 1987

363    BARG Roundel Jan 1988

364    BARG Roundel Sep 1988

365    The Aeroplane 21 Apr 1944

366    The Aeroplane 01 Jun 1945

367    The Aeroplane 30 Sep 1949

368    The Aeroplane 07 Dec 1951

369    Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 62

370    Flight 03 Aug 1939

371    Flight 23 Sep 1943

372    Flight 20 Apr 1944

373    Flight 18 Oct 1945

374    Flight 25 May 1948

375    Flight 03 Mar 1949

376    Flight 16 Mar 1950

377    Flight 01 Feb 1951

378    Flight 05 Oct 1951

379    Flight 11 Jun 1954

380    Flight 21 Oct 1955

381    Flight 25 Nov 1955

382    Flight 13 Jan 1956

383    Flight 06 May 1960

384    Flight 30 Sep 1960

800     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,9935.0.html

801     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,9947.0.html

Books and Booklets
   
1.     Austers - 'Nearly All You Want To Know', Mike Preston & Mick Ames (International Auster Club Heritage Group, 2002)
2.     The History of the Auster Aeroplane, A.V. Hitchman and Mike Preston (The International Auster Club Heritage Group, 2006)
3.     Auster - The Company and The Aircraft, Tom Wenham, Rod Simpson and Malcolm Fillmore (Air-Britain Publications, 2018)
4.     False Dawn: The Beagle Aircraft Story, Tom Wenham (Air-Britain Publications, 2015)
5.     Sitting Ducks and Peeping Toms, Michael I. Draper (Air Britain (Historians), 2011)
6.     British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 2nd Ed., 1973)
7.     British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 2nd Ed., 1974)
8.     Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918, Owen Thetford (Putnam, 1979)
9.     British Light Aeroplanes 1920-1940, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2000)
10.     British Private Aircraft 1946-1970, Volume 2, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (Mushroom Model Publications, 2013)
11.     Aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, David Duxbury, Ross Ewing and Ross Macpherson (Heinemann, 1987)
12.     Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.II, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1941)
13.     Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.IV, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1943)
14.     Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.V, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1944)
15.     Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.VI, C.B. Maycock and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1945)
16.     Stuck on the Drawing Board, Richard Payne (Tempus, 2004)
17.     Spanish and Portuguese Military Aviation, John M. Andrade (Midland Counties Publications, 1977)
18.     Dutch Military Aviation 1945-1978, Paul A Jackson (Midland Counties Publications, 1978)
19.     History of Pakistan Army Aviation 1947-2007 (Historical Section, Army Aviation Directorate, 2008)
20.     The Hamlyn Concise Guide to British Aircraft Of The WWII, David Mondey (Hamlyn, 1982)
21.     The Taylorcraft Story, Chet Peek (Three Peaks Publishing, 1992)

Magazines and Periodicals    
       
300.     Auster Quarterly No. 2 400.     BARG Roundel Jul 1984
301.     Beagle News No.6, available at  http://austerhg.org/ 401.     BARG Roundel Jan 1985
302.     Auster News Volume 6 No 7, available at  http://austerhg.org/ 402.     BARG Roundel Mar 1985
303.     Aeroplane Monthly Sep 1977 403.     BARG Roundel Jul 1985
304.     Aeroplane Monthly Oct 1977 404.     BARG Roundel Jan 1986
305.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1977 405.     BARG Roundel Mar 1986
306.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1983 406.     BARG Roundel May 1986
307.     Aeroplane Monthly May 1987 407.     BARG Roundel Nov 1986
308.     Aeroplane Monthly Jun 1987 408.     BARG Roundel Jan 1987
309.     Aeroplane Monthly Jul 1987 409.     BARG Roundel Mar 1987
310.     Aeroplane Monthly Jul 1987 410.     BARG Roundel Sep 1987
311.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1987 411.     BARG Roundel Nov 1987
312.     Aeroplane Monthly Jan 1988 412.     BARG Roundel Jan 1988
313.     Aeroplane Monthly Feb 1988 413.     BARG Roundel Sep 1988
314.     Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1988 414.     The Aeroplane 21 Apr 1944
315.     Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1988 415.     The Aeroplane 01 Jun 1945
316.     Aeroplane Monthly May 1988 416.     The Aeroplane 30 Sep 1949
317.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1989 417.     The Aeroplane 07 Dec 1951
318.     Aeroplane Monthly May 1997 418.     Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 62
319.     Air Britain Archive 1994/3 (Air-Britain Publications) 419.     Flight 03 Aug 1939
320.     Air Britain Digest 1989/2 (Air-Britain Publications) 420.     Flight 23 Sep 1943
321.     Air Britain Digest 1995/3 (Air-Britain Publications) 421.     Flight 20 Apr 1944
322.     Air Britain Digest 1996/1 (Air-Britain Publications) 422.     Flight 18 Oct 1945
323.     Air Britain Digest 1996/4 (Air-Britain Publications) 423.     Flight 25 May 1948
324.     Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 11 424.     Flight 03 Mar 1949
325.     Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 68 425.     Flight 16 Mar 1950
326.     Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 121 426.     Flight 01 Feb 1951
327.     Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 122 427.     Flight 05 Oct 1951
328.     Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 123 428.     Flight 11 Jun 1954
329.     Air Pictorial Feb 1954 429.     Flight 21 Oct 1955
330.     Air Pictorial Aug 1958 430.     Flight 25 Nov 1955
331.     Air Pictorial Aug 1967 431.     Flight 13 Jan 1956
332.     Air Pictorial Jan 1983 432.     Flight 06 May 1960
333.     Air Pictorial Mar 1983 433.     Flight 30 Sep 1960
334.     Aviation News Vol 4 No 6    
335.     Aviation News Vol 12 No 21    
336.     Aviation News Vol 13 No 8    
337.     Aviation News Vol 17 No 19    
338.     Aviation News Vol 17 No 22    
339.     BARG Roundel Jan 1982    
340.     BARG Roundel Mar 1982    
341.     BARG Roundel May 1982    
342.     BARG Roundel Jul 1982    
343.     BARG Roundel Sep 1982    
344.     BARG Roundel Nov 1982    
345.     BARG Roundel Jan 1983    
346.     BARG Roundel Mar 1983    
347.     BARG Roundel May 1983    
348.     BARG Roundel Jul 1983    
349.     BARG Roundel Nov 1983    
350.     BARG Roundel Jan 1984    




Notes
  1. The Model J/1S was merely the allocation given to a J/1 Autocrat that had been converted by its Kenyan owner to take a Gipsy Major 10 engine which originally came from a Chipmunk. The Model number was issued by Auster’s to clear the aircraft through its certification [1].
     
  2. This designation was later used for similar non-Auster produced conversions. See J/1 production.
     
  3. As this was not an Auster produced conversion, the Model number was presumably issued by Auster’s to clear the aircraft through its certification.
     
  4. Beagle designation, possibly based on being derived from the Auster 6.
     
  5. Designation D5 was reused for the D5 Husky.




Production Summary top
Select the Prdn_List button to go to the appropriate listings page.

Note: In the Production Summary, conversions are only listed where they result in a change from one Type to another. Changes to sub-type or Mark Number are not shown in the summary. For details of these, see the individual listings.

Type No

Name

Qty (New)

Qty (Conv.)

Canc'd

 

 C

 Plus C

23

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 C/2

(15)

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 D

 Plus D

8

(56)

2

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 D/1

 Auster I

100

 

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 E

 Auster III

468

(3)

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 E

 Auster 3

(54)

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 F

 Auster II

2

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 G

 Auster AOP.IV

254

(1)

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 G

 Auster 4

(21)

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 H

(1)

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 J

 Auster AOP.V

790

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 J

 Auster 5

(251)

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 J

 Auster 5A

 (???)

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 J

 5C

(2)

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 J

 5D

1

(24)

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 J

 5M

(2)

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 J

 Alpha 5

14

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 J/1

 Autocrat

420

(3)

2

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 J/1A

 Autocrat

 (???)

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 J/1B

 Aiglet

87

(4)

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 J/1N

 Alpha

45

(61)

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 J/1U

 Workmaster

10

 

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 J/1W

 

1

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 J/2

 Arrow

43

(1)

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 J/3

 Atom

1

 

1

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 J/4

 Archer

27

(2)

 

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 J/5

 Autocrat

53

 

 

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 J/5A

 Autocrat

5

(1) 

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 J/5B

 Autocar

85

(1)

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 J/5E

 Autocar

1

 

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 J/5F

 Aiglet Trainer

87

 

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 J/5G

 Cirrus Autocar

94

(2)

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 J/5K

 Aiglet Trainer

1

(1)

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 J/5L

 Aiglet Trainer

27

(2)

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 J/5P

 Autocar

23

(3)

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 J/5Q

 Alpine

4

 

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 J/5R

 Alpine

7

(1)

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 J/5T

 

1

 

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 J/5V

 Autocar

1

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 J/6

 

 

1

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 J/8F

 Aiglet Trainer

1

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 J/8L

 Aiglet Trainer

 (1)

 

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 - 

 'Sharpes Special'

1

 

 

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 K

 Auster AOP.VI

378

123

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 K

 Auster AOP.8

 

 

1

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 K

 Auster T.10

(10)

 

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 K

 Auster 6

(36)

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 K

 6A Tugmaster

(31)

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 K

 6B Terrier

(74)

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 L   

1

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 N A.2/45

2

 

2

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 P

 Avis

2

 

 

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 Q

 Auster T.7

88

 

15

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 Q

 Auster 7

 

(4)

 

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 S

 Model S

1

 

 

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 B3

 

150

 

 

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 B4

 Ambulance

1

 

 

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 B5

 Auster AOP.9

183

 

 

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 B5

 Auster 9M

 

(23)

(1)

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 B8

 Agricola

8

(5)

8

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 C4

 Antarctic

 

(2)

 

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 C6

 Atlantic

1

 

 

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 D4 **

 

15

 

 

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 D5 **

 Husky

176

(1)

 

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 D6

 

4

 

3

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 D8

 

 

 

3

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 ** Includes OGMA production.

Total Auster Production

3693

Total Auster Cancelled Orders

160


Non-Auster Developed Conversions

Type No

Name

Qty (Conv.)

 
 J/1 Kingsland

(1)

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 J/1BL Aiglet

(1)

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 J/1S 

(2)

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 J/1Y 

(2)

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 J/2C 'Super Arrow'

(1)

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 J/4S 

(1)

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 J/4T Archer Special

(1)

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 J/4 Archer Special

(1)

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 J4-100 

(1)

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 J/5GL Cirrus Autocar

(1)

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 J/5H Cirrus Autocar

(1)

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  Bushmaster

(1)

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  Super Autocar

(1)

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Revised at Version 1.4.0
  • Tables reorganised to move Auster conversions of Taylorcraft models under Auster
  • Added details for Models B2, E1 and E4
  • References completely re-written

Revised at Version 1.3.0
  • Added applicable Operational Requirement (OR) numbers.

Revised at Version 1.2.0
  • Corrected quantities for Auster 3, Auster 5, Auster 7, J/8F, 5M, J/1Y, 6B Terrier, 9M, B8 Agricola, D5 and D8.
  • Added Notes 1 to 4.
  • Added non-Auster developed conversions table.

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