Auster Taylorcraft AOP


1st Flight 1938

AOP (Air Observation Post)

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 takeoff weight: 1,850 lb (839 kg)

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


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.

Takeoff run: 91 ft (28 m)


Taylorcraft Plus C – licence-built Taylorcraft B

Taylorcraft Plus D – re-engined Plus C.

Model D/1 – Auster I – military version of Plus C with enlarged windows.

Model E – Auster III – re-engined Auster I with split flaps Gipsy Major 1 engine

Model F – Auster II – re-engined 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 MinorII 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.

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