Auster - the Company and the Aircraft, by Tom Wenham, Rod Simpson & Malcolm Fillmore
Auster Aircraft has a long and distinguished history, starting with it's formation as British Taylorcraft in 1938 and ending with its absorption into Beagle Aircraft in 1960. The Auster was not, strictly, a new design since it had its origins in the American Taylorcraft two seater. However, World War II gave it a welcome momentum which led to more than 1,600 artillery spotter Austers being built for British and other air forces.
Using the same basic airframe, the Auster constantly changed its shape and the 180hp Husky of 1960 was a very different animal from the original 55hp Taylorcraft Model C. Austers were sold all over the world and were used for many tasks including crop spraying, aerial advertising and joyriding.