Thruxton Jackaroo

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RoleCabin Tourer
ManufacturerJackaroo Aircraft Limited
First flight 1957
Primary userWiltshire School of Flying
Number built19 conversions
Unit cost
£1270 (1958) [1]
Developed from de Havilland Tiger Moth
A Jackaroo in 1980 Thruxton Jackaroo AN2193044.jpg
A Jackaroo in 1980
Jackaroo Cockpit Tiger Boys Jackaroo Cockpit.JPG
Jackaroo Cockpit

The Thruxton Jackaroo was a 1950s British four-seat cabin biplane converted from a de Havilland Tiger Moth by Jackaroo Aircraft Limited at Thruxton Aerodrome and Rollason Aircraft and Engines Limited at Croydon Airport.



The Thruxton Jackaroo was designed as a four-seat cabin general purpose biplane, the original tandem two-seat Tiger Moth fuselage was widened to accommodate four-passengers. [2] It was marketed as "the cheapest four-seat aircraft in the world". [1] The first conversion first flew on 2 March 1957. [3] Eighteen Tiger Moths were converted by Jackaroo Aircraft Limited between 1957 and 1959 and one aircraft was converted by Rollason's in 1960. [2] The aircraft could be fitted with an optional crop spraying gear. [4] One converted aircraft was further modified as a single-seat agricultural aircraft, but with little interest in the variant the aircraft was converted back to a Mk. 1. [2]


Jackaroo in 2003 G-ANZT Thruxton Jackeroo (5464632505).jpg
Jackaroo in 2003
Jackaroo Mk 1
Production cabin biplane with wooden canopy. [2]
Jackaroo Mk 2
Single-seat Agricultural variant with either a hopper or 60-gal tank in place of the two front seats, one conversion. [2] [1]
Jackaroo Mk 3
Production cabin biplane with metal canopy and provision for brakes. [2]


Data from De Havilland Aircraft since 1909 [5]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Thruxton Jackaroo". Flight . 29 August 1958. p. 327.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Jackson 1987, pp. 309-311
  3. Bridgman 1958, p. 92.
  4. "Handling the Thruxton Jackaroo". Flight . 12 July 1957. p. 44.
  5. Jackson 1987, p. 311.