Auster J/4

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Auster J/4
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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.[1]

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.[1]

Specifications (J/4)[edit]

Data from British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume I[2]

General characteristics


See also[edit]

Related lists


  1. ^ a b Ellison, 1966, p. 55
  2. ^ Jackson 1974, pp. 73–74.
  • Ellison, N.H. (1966). Auster Aircraft – Aircraft Production List. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10006-9.