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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19497
Last updated: 9 March 2020
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Date:29-MAY-1948
Time:day
Type:Taylorcraft Auster Plus D
Owner/operator:Wiltshire School of Flying Ltd
Registration: G-AHAF
C/n / msn: 110
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thruxton Aerodrome, Andover, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Thruxton Aerodrome, Andover, Hampshire (EGHO)
Destination airport:High Post, Wiltshire
Narrative:
Ex-RAF Taylorcraft T9120; Prototype of the Taylorcraft Model D (later Auster AOP.1) with a 130 hp (97 kW) Cirrus Major engine. Delivered 19/12/39 to Old Sarum for trials until 1/2/40 when pressed into service with D Flight 651 Squadron.

First civil registered as G-AHAF on 26/1/1946 (C of R 9881/1; C of A 7684) to the Wiltshire School of Flying Ltd, Salisbury, Wiltshire. (From 5/5/47 amended to Thruxton Aerodrome, Andover, Hampshire).

Two related Taylorcrafts got just a little too close to each other at Thruxton Aerodrome on 29/5/48. Wiltshire School of Flying's Plus C2 G-AHAF was taxying to take off when Royal Artillery Aero Club Plus D G-AHUG landed on top of it! G-AHAF came off the worse. The damage to it was too severe to warrant repair and so it was written off the next day (29/5/46) and its registration was cancelled as 'destroyed'.

Whatever was the damage to G-AHUG, it was repairable as it is still registered today. It seems that none of those in either of the two aeroplanes were severely injured in the collision.

Sources:

1. First in the Field: 651 Squadron Army Air Corps By Guy Warner
2. Auster Quarterly Vol.1 No.1 Spring 1975 by Mike Draper: http://austerhg.org/auster_mags/Auster%20Quarterly%20Volume%201%20Number%201.pdf
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AHAF.pdf
4. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=9
5. http://britishaviation-ptp.com/auster1.html
6. http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/waf/uk/army/types/taylor.htm
7. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15851.0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
22-Jan-2010 23:19 John Baker Updated [Location, Narrative]
09-Dec-2012 09:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Mar-2020 00:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2020 00:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2020 01:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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