Beagle Airedale

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A.109 Airedale
Airedale just after take-off
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Beagle Aircraft
First flight 16 April 1961
Number built 43
Unit cost
£4,750 (1961)[1]
Developed from Auster C.6 Atlantic

The Beagle A.109 Airedale was a British light civil aircraft developed in the 1960s.

Design and development[edit]

The Airedale was a four-seat, high-wing braced monoplane with a fixed, tricycle undercarriage. It was originally designated as the Auster D.8, which was based on the Auster C.6 Atlantic design, built and flown in 1958 (registration G-APHT).[2][3] The first D.8 was in construction when Beagle Aircraft bought the Auster company in 1960. The performance of the Airedale, although faster than the D.6 on the same engine, was decidedly lacklustre, largely due to its comparatively high structural weight, and it was unable to compete in the market with its US competitors.[citation needed] Such competition was also hindered by the out-dated steel tube/fabric construction, compared to the all-metal Piper Cherokee and Cessna 172 designs. Beagle had retained the older construction method as development of monocoque techniques would have extended the design period; the Airedale itself took about four and a half months from starting on the design drawings to first flight.[1]

Production of the A.109 Airedale ceased in 1965.

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 the 1961 Farnborough Airshow, as the standard Airedale was not eligible on account of its US-built engine. This model was designated A.111.

Specifications (A.109)[edit]

A British-registered Airedale

Data from British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume I [4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Length: 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 4 in (11.07 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
  • Wing area: 185 sq.ft (17.2 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 23012[1]
  • Empty weight: 1,630 lb (739 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 2,750 lb (1,250 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360-A1A, 180 hp (134 kW)


See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era



  1. ^ a b c Flight (1961) p593
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  4. ^ Jackson 1974, p.193.


  • "Airedale Unleashed: First Pup from the BEAGLE Litter". Flight. No. 4 May 1961. pp. 593–596. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume I. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10006-9. 
  • Simpson, R. W. (1995). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing. pp. 53–55. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 122. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 890 Sheet 04. 

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