It’s going to be an Auster anniversary this weekend at the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia’s annual fly in at Echuca, Vic. So here’s a couple of advertisements for this military type’s transition to civil hands.
The Auster J/5 Aiglet Trainer was a civil trainer development of the design, and in the advert above, has some lovely little ‘swooshes’ around the aerobatic drawings, as well as featuring the prototype in the manufacturers text codes (G-25-1).
The second image has very little to offer in terms of design, being very crude indeed (see the lump instead of the propeller – in part because it’s reproduced from the poor wartime newsprint) but has that standby of good advertising – find a virtue or selling point, and market it. In Aeroplane magazine of 1945, they were looking to the postwar peace.
James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.
Sources. Aiglet and ‘Car Cheap’.