The Lasco Lascoter was a 1920s Australian 6-seat passenger and mail carrier aircraft built by the Larkin Aircraft Supply Company (Lasco) at Coode Island, Victoria. It was the first Australian-designed and built airliner to be granted a Certificate of Airworthiness.[1]

Role monoplane airliner
Manufacturer Larkin Aircraft Supply Company
Designer W. S. Shackleton
First flight 25 May 1929
Introduction 1929
Retired 1938
Primary users Australian Aerial Services
New England Airways
Number built 1

History edit

The Lascoter was a high-wing monoplane with a tubular steel structure, featuring a tailwheel undercarriage and a fully enclosed cabin for the passengers and the pilot.[2] It flew for the first time on 25 May 1929;[3] despite being damaged in a landing accident at Coode Island in May,[4] it received its Certificate of Airworthiness on 22 July 1929.[1] It was then put into service with Australian Aerial Services, an airline owned by Lasco, and used on an air mail route between Camooweal, Queensland and Daly Waters, Northern Territory.[5][6] The Lascoter was used by Australian Aerial Services and its successors until being withdrawn from use in 1938;[7] it was scrapped during World War II.[1]

Operators edit

  • Australian Aerial Services
  • New England Airways

Specifications edit

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: five passengers
  • Empty weight: 2,500 lb (1,134 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 4,500 lb (2,042 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Armstrong Siddeley Puma piston engine, 240 hp (179 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 112 mph (180 km/h, 97 kn)
  • Stall speed: 45 mph (72 km/h, 39 kn)

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Lascoter history page. Retrieved: 16 December 2008
  2. ^ "AN AUSTRALIAN MONOPLANE FOR THE PRIVATE OWNER. The Larkin "Lascoter"", Flight magazine, 8 August 1929, p.855 (online archive version). Retrieved: 15 December 2008
  3. ^ History of Larkin Aircraft Supply Company. Retrieved: 16 December 2008
  4. ^ History of Australian Aerial Services. Retrieved: 16 December 2008
  5. ^ "AUSTRALIAN AERIAL SERVICES, LTD. COMPLETES ONE MILLION MILES", Flight magazine, 19 December 1930, p.1468 (online archive version). Retrieved: 15 December 2008
  6. ^ "Australian-Built Aircraft Approved", Flight magazine, 23 November 1933, p. 1176 (online archive version). Retrieved: 15 December 2008
  7. ^ Australian online historic aircraft register, VH-U__ block Archived 2 August 2012 at (The Lascoter was registered VH-UKT). Retrieved: 16 December 2008

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