Beagle (Auster) AOP
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Beagle (Auster) AOP

AOP.6 was developed from the Mk 5 and powered by a 108W Gipsy Major 7 engine. Modified fuselage and increased all-up weight. All-metal auxiliary aerofoil flaps below and behind trailing edge, and wings strengthened to take two 52.25 litre fuel tanks. Pilot and observer seated in tandem. Lengthened landing gear struts allowed larger airscrew. Production completed in 1949. T.7 was a two-seat trainer which could be quickly converted to full AOP standard. Side-by-side seating with dual controls. Third seat could be fitted. AOP.9 had a 134kW Cirrus Bombardier 203 (military version of 702) engine.

Beagle (Auster) AOP

 ENGINE1 x RR/Cont. IO-470D, 190kW
    Take-off weight1160 kg2557 lb
    Empty weight750 kg1653 lb
    Wingspan11.1 m36 ft 5 in
    Length7.2 m24 ft 7 in
    Height2.7 m9 ft 10 in
    Wing area18.4 m2198.06 sq ft
    Max. speed240 km/h149 mph
    Cruise speed234 km/h145 mph
    Ceiling6100 m20000 ft

David Harris, 16.02.2011

I do indeed have a photograph.
The Army registration for the aircraft was XP254

David Harris, 23.02.2010

I believe the aircraft in the photo is actually the Beagle Mk Eleven, three seater AOP that first flew in 1961. I saw it at Shoreham Airport at that time...I believe I actually have a phograph of it somwhere.

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