Auster Taylorcraft AOP

AOP (Air Observation Post)

Air Observation Post (AOP) is an aeroplane used in the role of artillery spotter by the British Army and Commonwealth forces.

Variants

Taylorcraft Plus C

Licence-built Taylorcraft B

Taylorcraft Plus D

Re-engine Plus C

Model D/1/Auster I

Military version of Plus C with enlarged windows.

Model E/Auster III

Re-engine Auster I with split flaps Gipsy Major 1 engine

Model F/Auster II

Re-engine Auster I Lycoming 0-290-3 engine

Model G/Auster IV

Modified fuselage with extended rear cabin glazing and Lycoming 0-290-3 engine

Model H

Experimental tandem two-seat training glider converted from Taylorcraft B.

Model J/Auster V

As Auster IV with blind-flying instruments and Vacuum System Lycoming 0-290-3/1 engine

Auster J family

Mk 5

Civil conversion of Auster V with Lycoming 0-290-3(C) engines

Mk 5 Alpha

New-build Auster Mk5 aircraft with Lycoming 0-290-3(C) engines

Mk5-150

Conversion of Civil Auster V with Lycoming 0-320 engine

J/1 Autocrat

Three-seat high-winged monoplane light aircraft (fitted with Blackburn Cirrus Minor II engine)

Auster J/1A Autocrat

Four-seat version of Autocrat

Auster J/1B Aiglet

Re-engined agricultural version of Autocrat ([De Havilland Gipsy Major1] engine)

Auster J/1N

Conversion of Auster J/1 Autocrat from Cirrus Minor II engine to Gipsy Major1 engine.

Auster J/1N Alpha

New built Auster J/1N aircraft (De Havilland Gipsy Major1 engine)

Auster J/1S Autocrat

Conversion to De-Havilland Gipsy Major10 Mk2 engine.

J/1U Workmaster

Agricultural version of the Alpha Lycoming 0-360 engine

Auster J/1Y

Conversion of Auster J/1 Series to Lycoming 0-320 Engine Predecessor of Auster D5/160 Auster D5

J/2 Arrow

J/3 Atom

Low-powered version of Arrow with Continental engine

J/4

Arrow with Blackburn Cirrus Minor I engine Predecessor of Auster D4/108

J/5 Adventurer

Three-seat high-wing monoplane light aircraft

Auster J/5 Adventurer

Auster J/5A Adventurer

J/5 Autocar

Auster J/5B Autocar

Four-seat high-winged monoplane light aircraft

Auster J/5E Autocar

Auster J/5G Autocar

Auster J/5P Autocar

Auster J/5T Autocar

One only built

Auster J/5V Autocar

J/5 Aiglet Trainer

Aerobatic version 32 ft wingspan

Auster J/5F Aiglet Trainer

Auster J/5K Aiglet Trainer

Auster J/5L Aiglet Trainer

Auster J/8L Aiglet Trainer

J/5 Alpine

Improved Aiglet Trainer with 36 ft wingspan

Auster J/5R Alpine

Auster J/5Q Alpine

Model K/Auster AOP6

Post-war military Air Observation aircraft.

Auster 6A Tugmaster

Glider towing conversion of the Auster 6

Auster 6B/Beagle Terrier

Civil conversion of the Auster 6

Model L

Proposed two or three seat low-wing monoplane based on the Model G airframe with a Lycoming O-290-3 engine, not built.

Model M/Auster A.2/45

2 or 3-seat high-wing AOP aircraft, prototype only.

Model N/Auster A.2/45

Re-engined Model M, prototype only.

Model P/Auster Avis

Four-seater based on J/1 with slimmer fuselage, two built.

Model Q/Auster T7

Two-seat trainer version of AOP6.

Model S

AOP aircraft based on AOP6 with enlarged tail, prototype only.

Model A3

Two-seat light aircraft project with a Blackburn Cirrus Minor engine, not built.

Model A4

Two-seat development project of current (1948) designs with a Blackburn Cirrus Minor 2 engine, not built.

Model A5

Four-seat army co-operation project with a De Havilland Gipsy Major 10 engine, two version planned a conventional landing gear for air ambulance work and a tricycle landing gear version for communications and reconnaissance work, not built.

Model A6

Variant of the A4 with a Cirrus Minor engine driving a geared ducted fan, not built.

Model A7

Light twin project, not built.

Model A8

Three-seat AOP project with a Bombardier engine, not built.

Model A9

Project to meet an Royal Air Force requirement for a two-seat training aircraft, the Percival Provost was selected and the A9 was not built.

Model B1

Mid-wing AOP project, not built.

Model B3

Radio-controlled target drone.

Model B4/Auster B4

Four-seat high-winged ambulance aircraft

Model B5/Auster AOP9

1950s military air observation aircraft

Model B6

Parasol-wing agricultural project with bubble canopy, not built.

Model B8/Auster B8 Agricola

Low-winged agricultural aircraft

Model B9

Ramjet helicopter project, not built

Model C4/Auster Antarctic

Modified Auster T7 for Antarctic support.

Model C6/Auster Atlantic

Four-seat high-wing touring monoplane with tricycle undercarriage, one built.

Model D4/Auster D4

Two-seat development of the Auster Arrow.

Model D5/Auster D5

Re-engined version of Auster Alpha with modified tail, developed as the Beagle Husky

Model D6/Auster D6

Four-seat development of Auster Autocar

Model D8

Original designation of Beagle Airedale.

Model E3

AOP9 with modified engine as the AOP11.

Specifications

Crew

3

Length

22 ft 5 in (6.83 m)

Wingspan

36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)

Height

8 ft 0 in (2.44 m)

Wing area

167 sq ft (15.51 m2)

Empty weight

1,100 lb (499 kg)

Max take-off weight

1,850 lb (839 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Lycoming O-290-3 flat-four piston, 130 hp (97 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed

113 kn (130 mph, 209 km/h)

Stall speed

28 kn (32 mph, 51 km/h)

Range

220 nmi (250 mi, 402 km) 400 nmi with long range tank fitted.

Take-off run

91 ft (28 m).

 

 

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