The Auster Diaries – meeting an old friend

One of the nicest things about General Aviation, or GA as it is abbreviated to is that one gets to meet pilots who are passionate about their aircraft.  The pilot of this old 1946 vintage Auster 5J4 is one of those people.

Sure the aircraft will not win any Concours d’Elegance prizes but it does have the patina that comes with an old aircraft that has been used and not just polished and brought on fair weather weekends. (A bit like my beloved BMW motorbike.)

Weather was a factor in this picture for it closed-in over his base in Aberdeenshire, preventing his return and fortunate for me that I got to renew my acquaintance with them both.

So Ian, these photo are dedicated to you and your passion for keeping this old girl in the air.

G-AIJT Auster, Scone

A monochrome treatment to make the most of an interesting sky.

G-AIJT Auster, Scone

Also available in colour, oh the joys of having Live-View on ones camera.

G-AIJT Auster, Scone

In case you were in any doubt who made this aircraft

Auster built!

G-AIJT Auster, Scone

A tail shot, I removed a Cherokee from his picture to try and give it the ageless look.
Further adventures of Ian and his beloved Auster can be found on his blog The Auster Diaries

So there we have it, I have not been as active as I would like to be, the weather in this part of the world is very unpredictable, mostly rain, which puts a dampener on flying. So here is hoping that today will be different…



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  1. #1 by austerpilot on July 29, 2012 - 6:51 am

    Thanks Wallace! Fantastic pictures and kind words. It was nice to meet you and next time we’ll go for that flight! 🙂

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