Thruxton Jackaroo

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Role Cabin Tourer
Manufacturer Jackaroo Aircraft Limited
First flight 1957
Primary user Wiltshire School of Flying
Number built 19 conversions
Unit cost
£1270 (1958)[1]
Developed from de Havilland Tiger Moth
A Jackaroo in 1980
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.[citation needed] 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.[3] 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
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 monoplane with metal canopy and provision for brakes.[2]


Data from De Havilland Aircraft since 1909[4]

General characteristics


See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ a b c "Thruxton Jackaroo". Flight. 29 August 1958. p. 327.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jackson 1987, pp. 309-311
  3. ^ "Handling the Thruxton Jackaroo". Flight. 12 July 1957. p. 44.
  4. ^ Jackson 1987, p. 311.
  • Jackson, A.J. (1987). De Havilland Aircraft since 1909 (3rd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-802-X.