Auster's first production four-seater
was the J-5B Autocar, built in several versions
with different powerplants and used in a variety of
roles, including ambulance duties and crop-spraying.
Does anyone remember the Austers at luton flying club?
The club used the grass runway which was I think on the NW edge of the field.Commercial traffic used the hard runway in harmony with the club opperations. Freddy Lakers Carvairs were of great interest to a small boy.
First flying in August 1949 as an enlarged Autocrat the main production version the J/5B was powered by a 130 h.p. DeHavilland Gypsy 1 inverted four cylinder air cooled engine other marks used the Blackburn Cirrus Major 2 and 3 and on some rare occasions on export versions a Lycoming 0-320 or Continental 0-370 was used. Some 180 were produced with military use by the Royal Australian Navy and the Kuwait Air Force
Crew 1 passengers 3
Span 36'0" Length 26'2" Height 7'7" Wing area 185 sq ft
Empty weight 1,413 lb Gross weight 2,450 lb
Max speed 116 mph Cruising speed 100 mph Range 500 miles
Service ceiling 11,000 ft
|Bill Gleaves, 31.10.2011|
Was this related to the Auster Mark IV and Mark V?
They both had 125 HP Lycoming engines, lots of plexiglass
and a side-facing jump seat in the back for artillery
observation. I flew both in 1954-1955 in a USAF Flying Club
in Wiesbaden , Germany
|mike goold, 19.08.2011|
I flew one from Bari to Anzio in 1945 and delivered it to the British Army Air Corp. Returned to Naples by landing barge with a winter headwind it took forever.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?