The Beagle A.109 Airedale was a British light civil aircraft developed in the 1960s. It was a four-seat, high-wing braced monoplane with fixed, tricycle undercarriage. It was based on the Auster C.4 Atlantic design that flown in prototype form shortly before Beagle bought the Auster company. The performance of the Airedale was decidedly lacklustre, largely due to its comparatively high structural weight, and it was unable to compete in the market with its US competitors.
A single Airedale, the prototype (registration G-ARKE) was refitted with a Rolls-Royce-built Continental GO-300 so that it could be part of the SBAC Display at Farnborough, as the standard Airedale was not eligible on account of its US-built engine. This model was designated A.111.
Data from British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume IBritish Aircraft Directory
Published in July 2009.
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