Auster J/5F Aiglet Trainer
VH-BYX at Bankstown in September
1967 as photographed by Dave Eyre (image courtesy of
Geoff Goodall collection). First registered in September
1955, this aeroplane was withdrawn
from use in April of
1971. Despite the name 'Aiglet' these aircraft
were actually derivations of
the J/5 (not the J/1B) with
a widened and strengthened fuselage, permitting it to be fully
Off the register in 1971, this Aiglet was completely rebuilt in 1991
with substantial modifications.
Richard Rudd of Mareeba, Qld. who now owns the machine provides a
shot of it below, taken
2005. It appeared to be carrying a New Zealand style rego,
since I cannot see any evidence
"VH-" on the fin or rudder!. Actually Richard got back to me on
that and indicated that
was a 'temporary'
identification, since, at that time he was hoping to be able put -BYX
register. However, it seems that for the past 20 years or so RAA
and CASA have been
dickering about the upper weight limit, so as of now
it is still on the VH- register!