Auster's attempt at a specialised crop-spraying aircraft
was the Agricola, which could carry 750kg of superphosphate.
Powered by a 240hp Continental O-470 engine,
it did not sell and only two were built.
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|murray e kirkus, airdatanz=yahoo.com, 27.08.2012|
A total of eight Agricola were built at Rearsby of which five were initially exported to New Zealand. One further aircraft (ex G-APFZ)was sold in New Zealand around 1960 and three more were built there from crashed aircaft and components left over from the abandoned production run
Without wishing to be contradictory there was definitely more than 2 built, but I believe it to be eight in number. The cost of development was prohibitive and whilst one could understand Auster wanting to "spread it's wings", if you excuse the pun they could not have looked at the Piper Pawnee or the work done by Leland Snow.
The whole venture was another nail in Auster's coffin which all came to nowt with the formation of the appallingly run Beagle enterprise. So much for British light aviation!
|Eric West, ericwest=vodafone.net.nz, 31.01.2011|
In fact, I believe nine were built, at least three operated in New Zealand, ZK-AMI ZK-CCU and ZK-BXO
BXO is the sole survivor of the type (Well it was up to 2005) being operated privately out of Whitianga in New Zealand until it was sold and exported. I believe it went back to England
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?