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  • Beagle A.109 Airedale




    The Beagle A.109 Airedale was a British light civil aircraft developed in the 1960s.

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    The Airedale was a four-seat, high-wing braced monoplane with a fixed, tricycle undercarriage, mainly of steel tube construction and fabric covered. It was originally designed as the Auster D.8 which was a modified tricycle version of the Auster D.6. Although similar in many respects, the Airedale was not based on the earlier Auster C.6 Atlantic design,[2] of which a single aircraft was built and flown in 1958 (registration G-APHT). The first three D.8 airframes were in construction when Beagle Aircraft bought the Rearsby-based Auster company in 1960. At this stage Beagle began introducing a series of major modifications to the D.8, which included moving the pilot's door aft and adding a second door on the right, widening the rear cabin, lengthening the rear fuselage and adding a swept fin, as well as many minor changes. Following the first flight of the 1st prototype G-ARKE, seven further development and pre-production aircraft were flown. As changes continued, these eight aircraft were repeatedly modified and rebuilt; these modifications continually added extra weight to the aircraft, and costs spiralled. Concerns about the weight, when it was suggested that "the increase in weight was resulting in a 2-seater aircraft", were ignored by the design team. A total of 43 Airedales were built.


    For more information on the design and development of the Airedale, click here.

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    Crew: 1 Capacity: 3 passengers
    26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
    36 ft 4 in (11.07 m)
    10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
    Wing Area:
    185 sq ft (17.2 sq m)
    Empty Weight:
    1,630 lb (739 kg)
    Gross weight: 2,750 lb (1,247 kg)
    Fuel Capacity:
    50 imp gal (60 US gal; 230 L) maximum
    1 × Lycoming O-360-A1A air-cooled, four-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine, 180 hp (130 kW)
    Maximum speed: 140 mph (230 km/h, 120 kn)
    Cruise Speed:
    133 mph (214 km/h, 116 kn)
    Stall Speed:
    52 mph (84 km/h, 45 kn) (flaps down)
    940 mi (1,510 km, 820 nmi)
    Rate of Climb:
    650 ft/min (3.3 m/s)
    Service Ceiling:
    12,000 ft (3,700 m)

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    The P76 of the air? A classic British manufacturing shambles, obviously led by some of the most incompetent managers the British could produce.

    3 of them were never ever sold? I wonder what happened to them? Broken up for parts?

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    The Pup then Bulldog came after the Airedale, A much more modern and capable design but Beagle couldn’t make money out of them either, nor could Scottish Aviation or British Aerospace who finished the last few orders. 

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