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Auster Aircraft

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Sept. 1946. Auster VI
Sept. 1946. Auster Autocrat

Auster Aircraft Limited was a British aircraft manufacturer, of Thurmaston, then Rearsby, Leicestershire.

1938 The company began at the Britannia Works, Thurmaston near Leicester as Taylorcraft Aeroplanes, making light observation aircraft designed by the Taylorcraft Aircraft Corporation of America.

WWII: 1604 high-wing Taylorcraft Auster monoplanes were built during World War II for the armed forces of the UK and Canada.

1946 The company name was changed to Auster on 7 March 1946, when production shifted to Rearsby aerodrome, also in Leicestershire.

All designs were evolved from the early Taylorcraft with a sprung skid or tailwheel beneath the fin (except for a low-wing aircraft called the "Agricola" designed for crop-spraying; only two of these were completed).

1960 The company was acquired by Pressed Steel Co and merged into the new Beagle Aircraft[1]. After this the Auster high-wing design was developed still further as the Terrier and, with a nosewheel, the Airedale.

1968 The Auster name was dropped.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 07, 1960