Incident Taylorcraft Auster Plus D G-AHAF,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19497
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Date:Saturday 29 May 1948
Type:Taylorcraft Auster Plus D
Owner/operator:Wiltshire School of Flying Ltd
Registration: G-AHAF
MSN: 110
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Thruxton Aerodrome, Andover, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Thruxton Aerodrome, Andover, Hampshire (EGHO)
Destination airport:High Post, Wiltshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Ex-RAF Taylorcraft T9120; Prototype of the Taylorcraft Model D (later Auster AOP.1) with a 130 hp (97 kW) Cirrus Major engine. Delivered 19/12/39 to Old Sarum for trials until 1/2/40 when pressed into service with D Flight 651 Squadron.

First civil registered as G-AHAF on 26/1/1946 (C of R 9881/1; C of A 7684) to the Wiltshire School of Flying Ltd, Salisbury, Wiltshire. (From 5/5/47 amended to Thruxton Aerodrome, Andover, Hampshire).

Two related Taylorcrafts got just a little too close to each other at Thruxton Aerodrome on 29/5/48. Wiltshire School of Flying's Plus C2 G-AHAF was taxying to take off when Royal Artillery Aero Club Plus D G-AHUG landed on top of it! G-AHAF came off the worse. The damage to it was too severe to warrant repair and so it was written off the next day (29/5/46) and its registration was cancelled as 'destroyed'.

Whatever was the damage to G-AHUG, it was repairable as it is still registered today. It seems that none of those in either of the two aeroplanes were severely injured in the collision.


1. First in the Field: 651 Squadron Army Air Corps by Guy Warner
2. Auster Quarterly Vol.1 No.1 Spring 1975 by Mike Draper:

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
22-Jan-2010 23:19 John Baker Updated [Location, Narrative]
09-Dec-2012 09:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Mar-2020 00:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2020 00:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2020 01:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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