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Airtourer was designed by Dr. Henry Millicer, of the
Australian Government Aircraft Factory (GAF), and
was the winning entrant in a (British) Royal Aero
Club sponsored Light Aircraft Design competition.
The Airtourer Group then formed in Australia to
build a 65 hp Continental powered wooden prototype,
which first flew in March 1959. This attracted the
interest of Victa (the lawnmower manufacturer) who
undertook production of an all-metal version with a
100 hp Continental engine. This flew in December
1961. As the Airtourer 100, it entered production in
June 1962. The more powerful Airtourer 115, with the
115 hp Lycoming engine, followed in September.
Victa built 170 Airtourers before succumbing to
cheap American imports, and the design was purchased
by Aero Engine Services Ltd. (AESL) of New Zealand,
in 1967. They produced 94 Airtourers, including more
powerful 130 and 150 hp versions, and the
AESL's successor, New Zealand Aerospace Industries (NZAI)
produced a trainer based on the Aircruiser
development of the Airtourer, and sold it to the
Royal Australian Air Force as the NZAI CT-4
In December 1997, Millicer Aircraft Industries
resumed Airtourer production in Australia, with
their aerobatics-capable M-10 AirTourers and their
four-seat M9 AirCruisers entering production in
1999. In early 2000 the company had 11 firm orders
and 36 expressions of interest in its M10-160
AirTourer, with a 160 hp Lycoming engine and a price
tag of A$210,000.
MANUFACTURE: 1962-1966 (Australia)
ORIGIN: Australia (to AESL/NZAI New Zealand)
Lycoming O-235 flat four piston engine.
TYPE: Two-seat light
(CT-4; Primary trainer).
Length: 21 ft 6
in / 6.55 m.
Height: 7 ft 0
in / 2.13 m.
Wing span: 26 ft 0
in / 7.92 m.
1,650 lb / 750 kg
Side-by-side seating for two.
cruise: 96 kt / 177 kph
ceiling: 14,000 ft
Max. range, no
reserves: 617 nm / 1,140 km
Max. speed: 123 kt
/ 228 kph