Beagle Terrier

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A.61 Terrier
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Auster A.61 Terrier
Role Light Transport
Manufacturer Beagle Aircraft Limited
First flight 1961
Developed from Taylorcraft Auster

The Beagle A.61 Terrier is a British single-engined monoplane built by Beagle Aircraft.


The Auster Aircraft Company purchased a large number of former British Army Auster aircraft. These were Auster AOP.6, T.7 and T.10 aircraft which were updated and modified with a de Havilland Gipsy Major 10-1-1 engine. Initially two versions were offered for sale in the civilian market from 1960:

  • Auster 6A Tugmaster – a utility and glider towing aircraft
  • Auster 6B – a three-seat luxury version. When the company became part of Beagle Aircraft in 1960, the Auster 6B was renamed the Beagle A.61 Terrier 1.

In 1962 the Beagle A.61 Terrier 2 was introduced with a greater span tailplane, wheel spats and a metal propeller.

The Terrier was not an economic success as it was found that more man-hours were spent on rebuilding each aircraft after its military use than were spent in building the new aircraft for the Army. It was also out-dated as, by 1961, most competing manufacturers were introducing new designs which were all-metal, with tricycle undercarriages and powered by more modern engines such as Lycoming or Continental (e.g. the Cessna 150 and the Piper Cherokee).


  • Terrier 1
Eighteen Terrier 1s conversions were built.[1] The first conversion flew 13 April 1961 from Rearsby.
  • Terrier 2
Forty-Five Terrier 2s conversions were completed at Rearsby.[2] A small number of airframes were converted subsequently to this standard by other companies.
  • Terrier 3
One Terrier 3 powered by a 160 hp Lycoming O-320-B2B engine was essentially complete at Rearsby when Terrier production was stopped in 1966. In 1967, an incomplete Terrier 2 was modified to this standard by British European Airways engineering apprentices and registered G-AVYK.

Specifications (Terrier 2)[edit]

Data from British Civil Aircraft since 1919[3]

General characteristics


See also[edit]

Related development


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  3. ^ Jackson, A.J (1973). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. (2nd ed.). London: Putnam & Co. pp. 190–191. ISBN 0-370-10006-9. 

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