- Sep 17, 2008
It also was an Auster MK6. It originally belong to a local glider club and I flew it for them for two seasons. I loved it. Wonderful short-field performance. I could land and stop in the length of the 200' tow rope. But it wasn't well-maintained and it quit on me in the descent to pattern altitude after a tow when the un-safetied bolts holding the carb on the manifold backed out and the carb tipped back off the manifold when I closed the throttle to descend. Had to dead-stick it. I gave up flying it soon after that. The next pilot had it quit at maybe 200' with a glider on the rope, and had to stick it into a hillside, bending it some. The guys had replaced the leaky right fuel tank with a surplus tank that had no sump drain valve, and water accumulated until the gascolator got a big mouthtful and the carb got nothing but water. They started rebuilding it but lost interest. I bought it and did a bunch of work, until my wife quit her job to look after our baby son. Reality does things. I sold it and lost track of it. I think the new owner parted it out.Ok, I stand corrected on that one.
What model Auster did you have? My very first basket case ever was an Auster 6, 1946.
I found the right rear wing spar cracked most of the way through, from the top down, at an angle though the strut attach area. I had been flying it like that! It was an old crack, not the result of the accident. The logs showed that the airplane had been blown over on its back in a windstorm, about 15 years before. They hadn't caught that crack. Landing upside-down on the wingtips will do that. The flying loads closed the crack, but if I had done some maneuver to the structural limit it probably would have failed.
Stuff like the above makes one a careful mechanic later on.