Friday, 8 July 2016

Auster ZK-ASL

The new Auster on the block is the J1 Autocrat ZK-ASL c/n 2150.
Post world War Two the Auster Aircraft Ltd's Britannia Works at Thurston, Leicester, UK were poking out Auster V Series J1 aircraft in fine English fashion. 
They poked out just over 400 of them.
One such was registered to Auster Aircraft as G-AIBP on 02-09-1946 before being listed to Peter Bennie of Northants and then to W S Shackleton Ltd of London from 08-01-1952. 
Shackleton were export agents and this aircraft was cancelled on 06-05-1952 as sold abroad. 
It was shipped down to Australia where it became VH-ASI on 18-01-1953. 
Australian owners include W Maynard of Dalby; W MacClean of Dingo; L Alison of Creb Nagoorin and T Ford of Mulgildie – all in Queensland. By 1971 it was with J Owens at Lavington in NSW and then inland to the Alice Springs Gliding Club. By 1975 it was in Victoria with A Cole of Warrandyte then to M Hurley of Noble River before being withdrawn and cancelled in April of 1977. 
VH-ASI at Point Cook in December 1975. Greg Banfield photo.

It returned to the register with L Hatfield of Orchard Victoria on 18-05-1992 and in May of 94 was with Mills, Rowe and Rode Aviation/Romills Aviation at Cheltenham. 
Its last Australian owner was Ron Wright of Box Hill North from 26-04-1999. It VH marks were cancelled on 20-07-2015 and it became ZK-ASL2 with Tolaga Bay Trust from 10-06-2016. 
This Trust also has the Auster J5 ZK-AXJ.
Photo above taken at Gisborne. From TradeMe and Rogerzz.
It is nice to see that it still has the Gipsy Major engine and the small rudder - and has about 2200 flying hours. 
It has been listed for sale on Trade Me as a Auster J1B.  

3 comments:

  1. If it is a J1 with a Gipsy Major engine and retaining the small rudder - does that not make it the same as a J5 ?

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  2. Similar to the J5. The J5 has the fuselage at the firewall changed the undercarriage legs were lengthened. The J1 is closer to the wartime MK V firewall rearwards.

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  3. Similar to the J5. The J5 has the fuselage at the firewall changed the undercarriage legs were lengthened. The J1 is closer to the wartime MK V firewall rearwards.

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