The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Threshold.aero on Thu 02 Nov 2017, 5:28 pm

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The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In
6, 7, and 8 April 2018
Middle Wallop and Upavon

In association with the Museum of Army Flying and the Army Air Corps, Threshold.aero is returning to Middle Wallop to celebrate another former AAC type; the venerable Taylorcraft Auster. Bigger and better than before, the event will span the weekend of 7-8 April 2018.

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Ltd, the builders of the iconic Auster air observation post (AOP) aircraft. A derivative of the Taylor (now Piper) Cub, more than 1,600 Austers were produced during WWII and the type’s success continued post-war with production of the AOP.9 ceasing in 1961.

The Auster is an important aircraft in the history of the Army Air Corps, it being the first aircraft operated by the force when established in 1957 when 651 Sqn and its Auster AOP.6s transferred from the RAF at Aldergrove, Northern Ireland. It remains one of only six fixed-wing aircraft types to have served with the AAC in its sixty-year history.

The type has had an illustrious career in military hands and to this day enjoys success as a very popular general aviation type, with 130 Auster aircraft still airworthy in the United Kingdom. Austers of various marks served with 24 air arms worldwide, as far afield as Australia and New Zealand and in the harshest environments; from the jungles of Burma to taking part in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1956/57.

We’ll be keeping the relaxed, informal atmosphere that helped make The Gazelle 50th Anniversary Commemorative Fly-In such a success; again, a period without aircraft movements will be scheduled, allowing for you to get a closer look at the aircraft in attendance and maybe even have a chin-wag with a pilot or two. A number of aviation, craft and charity stands and stalls will also be present.

Invites will soon be going out to Auster owners across Europe and, alongside Austers, we’ll also be welcoming other Air Observation Post aircraft to Middle Wallop, so expect Cubs, Super Cubs, Bird Dogs and a few other surprises!

The Friday evening will also see a night photoshoot with number of Austers and associated AOP types, more news on that soon!

The Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-in will be open to the public from 09.00 with free parking available in the field to the west of the A343, directly opposite the Museum of Army Flying.


More information will be available on the event website as soon as it's launched...
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby tankbuster on Thu 02 Nov 2017, 6:09 pm

Sounds great. I hope you get G-AJIS because it was the first aircraft I flew in on Jan 6th 1963. The last time I saw it was at Compton Abbas, sometime in the last 15 years or so.
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Threshold.aero on Mon 06 Nov 2017, 7:11 pm

The website is now live at www.auster80.co.uk - tickets will be available to purchase very soon!

tankbuster wrote:Sounds great. I hope you get G-AJIS because it was the first aircraft I flew in on Jan 6th 1963. The last time I saw it was at Compton Abbas, sometime in the last 15 years or so.

On the invite list :up:
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Threshold.aero on Tue 07 Nov 2017, 6:50 pm

Tickets will go on sale through the event website - www.auster80.co.uk - at 10am on Sunday 12 November.
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Threshold.aero on Wed 08 Nov 2017, 3:15 pm

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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby farnboroughrob on Wed 08 Nov 2017, 5:11 pm

Looking forward to this, just hope the weather plays ball, its a bit early in the season.
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby N48284 on Wed 08 Nov 2017, 7:48 pm

farnboroughrob wrote:Looking forward to this, just hope the weather plays ball, its a bit early in the season.

Early in the season or mid season the chance of getting cloud and rain are equal.
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby capercaillie on Thu 09 Nov 2017, 10:08 am

farnboroughrob wrote:Looking forward to this, just hope the weather plays ball, its a bit early in the season.


The Gazelle event benefitted quite well with weather. :wink:
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Threshold.aero on Fri 10 Nov 2017, 8:15 pm

First few aircraft booked it, all staying the weekend:

G-AHHT Auster J/1N Alpha
G-BNGE Auster AOP.6 (Royal Air Force TW536)
G-CEHR Auster AOP.9 (Army Air Corps XP241)
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Hammy on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 9:47 pm

Another three aircraft added to the participation list; Auster Autocrats G-AGVG and G-AHAM, whilst joining us for the 80th anniversary of Middle Wallop airfield is Alouette II 2-ALOU/XR379.

Tickets on sale in the morning!
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Threshold.aero on Sun 12 Nov 2017, 10:07 am

Tickets are now on sale!

Confirmed so far...

Auster 80th anniversary
G-AGVG Auster J/1 Autocrat
G-AHAM Auster J/1 Autocrat
G-AHHT Auster J/1N Alpha
G-AXUJ Auster J/1 Autocrat
G-BLPG Auster J/1N Alpha (Royal Canadian Air Force 16693)
G-BNGE Auster AOP.6 (Royal Air Force TW536)
G-BURR Auster AOP.9 (Royal Air Force WZ706)
G-CEHR Auster AOP.9 (Army Air Corps XP241)

Middle Wallop 80th anniversary
2-ALOU Sud/Aerospatiale Alouette (Army Air Corps XR379)
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Threshold.aero on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 8:09 pm

Latest update:

Auster 80th anniversary
G-AGVG Auster J/1 Autocrat
G-AGXN Auster J/1N Alpha
G-AHAM Auster J/1 Autocrat
G-AHGZ Taylorcraft Auster I (Royal Air Force LB367)
G-AHHT Auster J/1N Alpha
G-AJUE Auster J/1 Autocrat
G-APBW Auster 5A
G-ARRX Auster 6A Tugmaster (Royal Air Force VF512)
G-AXUJ Auster J/1 Autocrat
G-BLPG Auster J/1N Alpha (Royal Canadian Air Force 16693)
G-BNGE Auster AOP.6 (Royal Air Force TW536)
G-BURR Auster AOP.9 (Royal Air Force WZ706)
G-CEHR Auster AOP.9 (Army Air Corps XP241)

Middle Wallop 80th anniversary
2-ALOU Sud/Aerospatiale Alouette (Army Air Corps XR379)
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby jingernut on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 10:51 am

Is the Middle Wallop 80th Anniversary a separate event?
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Re: The Official Auster 80th Anniversary Fly-In

Postby Threshold.aero on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 10:58 am

The celebrations for the 80 years of the airfield are part of the main event; we felt we could do it better justice having it as a theme of the main event rather than a separate, smaller event.
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