The well known Airtourer was outlined by Australian Dr Henry Millicer (boss aerodynamicist of Australia's Government Aircraft Factory) because of a Royal Aero Club (in the UK) supported Light Aircraft Design rivalry.
Millicer's configuration won the opposition, and the Ultra Light Aircraft Association of Australia shaped the Air Tourer Group to assemble a 50kw (65hp) Continental fueled wooden model of the outline, which first flew on March 31 1959.
The wooden model stirred the enthusiasm of Victa (an organization more known for its lawnmowers), who in 1960 chose to economically plan and produce the Airtourer arrangement in Australia. Victa's first all metal model of the Airtourer first flew on December 12 1961, controlled by a 70kw (95hp) motor. Creation airplane were controlled by a 75kw (100hp) Continental motor, and the first generation Airtourer 100 flew in June 1962. Sort approbation was honored the accompanying month. The all the more influential Airtourer 115 flew without precedent for September 1962, controlled by a Lycoming O-235.
Victa manufactured 170 creation Airtourers before its powerlessness to contend with shoddy American imports (which were helped by a good conversion standard) which were overwhelming the Australian business sector constrained generation to end. Arrangements to assemble the four seat Aircruiser advancement (portrayed under Millicer) were dropped.
However New Zealand's AESL (Aero Engine Services Ltd) obtained the Airtourer configuration and creation rights in right on time 1967. AESL (later NZAI and now PAC) fabricated the Airtourer 115, the all the more effective 110kw (150hp) model Airtourer 150, and steady speed prop fitted Super 150. Later the 115 turned into the T2, the 150 the T4 and the Super 150 the T5. The T3 was fueled by a 95kw (130hp) RR Continental O-240, while the T6 was a mobilized variant focused around the T5 fabricated for New Zealand. NZAI creation stopped in 1974.
In December 1997 Australia's Millicer Aircraft Industries bought the Airtourer's generation rights and it plans to convey new form M-10-140 and M-10-160 Airtourers from 1999. The Millicer Airtourer is depicted independently.
Pictures of Victa Airtourer