EYES OF THE ARMY

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An impressive — hair-raising, even — demonstration of the qualities that made the military Auster such an effective tool in World War Two

Ben Dunnell explores The Aeroplane’s outstanding archives to cast new light on past stories

A steep turn straight from take-off by Auster III NJ747, the example demonstrated to The Aeroplane at Rearsby. This manoeuvre, of course, could have proved useful as a means of evading enemy attention at forward airstrips.
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The Eyes of the Army’. That was a post-war Auster Aircraft advertising strapline, making justified play of the outstanding wartime performance of its products in the air observation post role. It had taken some time to gain acceptance, but once ordered in quantity for the RAF the Auster more than showed its worth. Small, agile, durable and easy to maintain, it was the ideal platform, contrary to the War Office’s initial opinion.

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