G-AMMS, not an Alpha, but alphabet soup again!
Tags: 130 hp, 155 hp, 1951, 1954, aerobatic, Aiglet, Aiglet Trainer, Aiglet Trainer's shortened wingspan, Auster, Auster Aiglet Trainer, Auster Aircraft Ltd, Auster J-1N Alpha, Aviation, Blackburn, Blackburn Cirrus Major 3 engine, Cirrus Major, De Havilland, De Havilland Gipsy Major 1 engine, England, Fairey Reed, Fairey Reed propeller, G-AMMS, Gipsy Major engine, Great Vintage Flying Weekend, GVFWE, Hullavington, J5F, J5K, J5L, Leicestershire, metal propeller, Pakistan, Pakistan Air Force, Rearsby, Richard Webber, roll rate, Wiltshire
Sorry about the terrible Auster pun at the start of the post, but I could not resist this opportunity. G-AMMS isn’t an Auster J-1N Alpha, of course, but a much changed Aiglet Trainer. Built in 1951 by Auster Aircraft Ltd at Rearsby, it was retained by the company until 1954, being completed as a J5F, then modifed as a J5K (the only such aircraft) and J5L. The airframe was fitted, at various times, with a De Havilland Gipsy Major 1 of 130hp or a Blackburn Cirrus Major 3 of 155hp, and had the Auster Aiglet Trainer’s shortened wingspan (from 36 ft to 32 ft, to increase the aircraft’s roll rate) and strengthened structure to enable aerobatics to be performed. Aiglet Trainers were popular abroad, and the Pakistan Air Force used them in quantity.
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