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Auster J/4

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Auster J/4
Auster J/4 at PFA Rally held at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, in July 1989
Role Touring aircraft
Manufacturer Auster Aircraft Limited
First flight 1946
Number built 27
Developed from Auster J/2 Arrow

The Auster J/4 was a 1940s British single-engined two-seat high-wing touring monoplane built by Auster Aircraft Limited at Rearsby, Leicestershire.


Sales in the United Kingdom of the American engined Auster J/2 Arrow were limited by import restrictions on the engines, so Auster re-engined the aircraft with a British engine, the 90 hp Blackburn Cirrus Minor I. The first aircraft flew towards the end of 1946. The two-seat aircraft proved less popular than the companies three-seat Auster J/1 Autocrat and only 27 aircraft were built. A number of aircraft were exported to Australia and these were known as the Archer in that country.

On 30 August 1955 an Australian aircraft VH-AET managed to take-off from Bankstown Airport Sydney without a pilot. It was followed out to sea by Royal Australian Navy Hawker Sea Furies and shot down.

Specifications (J/4)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
  • Wing area: 185 ft² (17.19 m²)
  • Empty weight: 955 lb (434 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,600 lb (727 kg)
  • Powerplant:Blackburn Cirrus Minor I piston engine, 90 hp (67 kW)


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Published in July 2009.

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