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    What is this?

    Anyone know what airplane this is? Found it tucked away in Kuwait, side by side, plate on the inside says J5 but it doesn’t look like a piper J5. Click image for larger version. 

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    It is an Auster, basically the British took the Taylorcraft and applied steroids to build mil spec artillery spotters. Brit mil spec meant these aircraft have empty weight in the 1,500 lb plus range.

    One version was clipped wing and aerobatic, and flew the first Avalanche at Farnborough air show in the 1950’s. Avalanche is a flick roll at the top of a loop, fun manoeuvre but requires finesse to get the flick right.


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    Awesome, thank you! Any idea how rare they are? is it worth trying to acquire and take back to the states?


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    Contact Robert here and you should have further info on the Auster: https://www.taylorcraft.org.uk

    Gary
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    Our friend Richard in Eggesford UK has a few models of them.

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    I flew an Auster in England many years ago. Airfield was a huge grass square. I remember distinctly that when you turned your head to the left, you were looking directly into the wing root. Dreadful. I also remember that while we were flying a Chipmunk was doing loops in the clouds. I asked my instructor if that was legal. Oh yes, when he's in the cloud he's IFR, and when he isn't, he's VFR.

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    Check afors.com for used Austers for sale. Usually one or two listed.

    https://afors.com/index.php?page=bro...&search=search

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    I have an Auster J/5G - it’s like a 4 place Super Cub. Great aircraft - mine has the weird Blackburn Cirrus Major engine of 155hp - designed by the same brilliant engineer who designed the De Havilland Gypsy engine and Napier Sabre H 24. It is 1430 lbs empty but has an AUW of 2500 lbs. There were around 200 J/5s built in all.


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    Looks like an Auster?


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