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Auster Atom

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J-3 Atom
Role Touring aircraft
Manufacturer Auster Aircraft Limited
First flight 1946
Number built 1
Developed from J-2 Arrow

The Auster J-3 Atom was a 1940s British single-engined two-seat high-wing touring monoplane built by Auster Aircraft Limited at Rearsby, Leicestershire.


The Atom was an attempt to create a lower-powered version of the J-2 Arrow. A modified Arrow was flown with a 65 hp Continental C-65-12 engine and designated the J3 Atom. Only the prototype, registered G-AHSY, (c/n 2250) was built as the aircraft was not developed.

In 22 April 1951 the J3 crashed near Melton Mowbray and was rebuilt to 5J4 standards with a new registration - G-AJYX and new c/n: 2941. The Continental C-65 engine was replaced by a 95 hp Blackburn Cirrus Minor II.

This aircraft has since been deregistered with the CAA.

Specifications (J-3)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 25 ft 3 in (7.69 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft (10.97 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
  • Wing area: 185 ft² (17.9 m²)
  • Powerplant:Continental A-65 flat-4 piston engine, 65 hp (48.5 kW) at 2350 rpm


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Published in July 2009.

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