XK421 & XP282 Auster AOP9’s in South Lincolnshire.
Today the 18th February 2017 I went to take pictures of two Auster AOP9’s under restoration in South Lincolnshire. I phoned the owner of the pair and made an appointment to take pictures of his projects.
- The first XP282 Auster AOP9 is to be restored to flying condition.
Aircraft History : Auster AOP 9 – XP282
- Built at Rearsby and first flown Jul 1961.
- Delivered Aug 1961 to Middle Wallop and Allocated to 651Sqn.
- Allocated to 13 Recce Flight 651Sqn Aug/Sept 1961 at Aldergrove.
- Transferred to 2 Recce Flight 651Sqn Oct 1961 still at Aldergrove.
- Allocated to 2nd Royal Tank Regiment.
- Allocated to Queens Dragoon Guards.
- To storage at 19 MU St Athan Sept 1965 to Sept 1966.
- Allocated to 14th Air Dispatch Regiment by Jul 1967 at Odiham.
- Transferred to 1st Air Despatch Regiment by Jul 1968 at Odiham.
- to storage at 19MU St Athan by Sep 1969.
- Stuck off charge Feb 1976 and sold to R.E Daglass at East Dereham and stored.
- Sold to Stephen Vince Dereham Jan 1979 , Restored to .
- Placed on the British civil register on 12th Oct 1979 as G-BGTC.
- Stephen Vince sold G-BGTC 21st May 1980 to Peter John Marsham , Peter was registered as new owner on 3rd June 1980.
- G-BGTC was then sold to Albert Colin Byrne Norwich on 16th Nov 1983, Albert was registered as the new owner on 3rd Jan 1984.
- G-BGTC was then sold to Adrianair in London 8th Nov 1988.
- G-BGTC was sold to Peter Thomas Bolton Nottingham 19th Jan 1989.
- On the 13th June 1989 G-BGTC had a Accident at 17-43 pm at Tollerton when landing on 09 in a 20 knot wind, The Aircraft swung sharply to starboard causing the port landing gear shock absorber strut to shear, Following the failure the port wing and propeller to strike the ground.
- G-BGTC was sold on 9th Jun 2006 to Terrane Auster group based at RAF Scampton.
- XK421 Auster AOP9 – To be restored to static standard
- f/f 28th Feb 1957
- Delivered to Middle Wallop 6th Mar 1957.
- Used for G.I at Middle Wallop 7th Nov 1963 as 8365M.
- To 19MU St Athan 18th Jan 1967 for storage.
- Declared Non – Effective 8th Nov 1968 and SOC.
- To 2021 ATC Sqn at Coldicote 10th Oct 1969.
- From 1976 it was delivered to Brunel Technical Collage Bristol and used in 1978 for G.I.
- Oct 1983 to CARG at Innswoth and Broken up for spares in the restoration of XR267.
- The Frame next went to the Stratford Aviation Museum at Long Marston.
- The Frame went next to Doncaster Area.
- To South Molton Devon and stored with the Frame of XP286.
I will update as the projects progress. I would like to thank the owner for his time showing me around.