|The prototype J/5B Autocar of Airviews Ltd at Manchester Airport in 1950|
|Manufacturer||Auster Aircraft Limited|
|First flight||August 1949|
|Status||several still airworthy in 2012|
|Primary user||private pilot owners|
Design and production
The company recognised a need for a four-seat touring aircraft to complement the three-seat Auster J/1 Autocrat. The J/5 Autocar looked similar to the Autocrat, but was a new model featuring wing-root fuel tanks and an enlarged cabin.
The designation of J/5 for the Autocar followed on from its progenitor, the wartime Model J, which was designated the Auster AOP.V by the Royal Air Force. Postwar models derived from the Model J commenced with the J/1 Autocrat - note the use of J/1, not J-1.
The prototype Autocar G-AJYK, a model J/5B, first flew in August 1949 and was exhibited at the Farnborough Air Show in September. A demand for a more powerful version for the tropics produced in 1950 the J/5E powered by a 155 hp (116 kW) Blackburn Cirrus Major engine. This was further developed as the J/5G which was first flown in 1951.
Saunders-Roe of Cowes, Isle of Wight, acquired a J/5G Autocar and fitted it with an experimental hydro-ski undercarriage and emergency under-wing floats. With this equipment, the aircraft could remain almost stationary on the water.
The Autocar has been primarily operated by private pilot owners but some were used by small charter firms in the UK and elsewhere as taxi and photographic aircraft. Pest Control Ltd took delivery of five J/5G Autocars in 1952 for crop spraying operations in Sudan.
- Auster J/5B Autocar
- production version.
- Auster J/5E Autocar
- prototype export version with a Blackburn Cirrus Major 3 engine.
- Auster J/5G Autocar
- export version with a Blackburn Cirrus Major 3 engine.
- Auster J/5GL
- one Auster J-5G fitted with a Lycoming piston engine.
- Auster J/5G Super Autocar
- One J/5G converted in Australia by Kingsford Smith Aviation Services with a 225hp (168kW) Continental O-470 engine.
- Auster J/5H Autocar
- with Blackburn Cirrus Major 2 engine, one rebuilt from J/5B
- Auster J/5P Autocar
- version with a de Havilland Gipsy Major 1 engine.
- Auster J/5V Autocar
- development aircraft with 160 hp (199 kW) Lycoming O-320 engine.
- Kingsford Smith Bushmaster
- An Auster J/5G conversion in Australia by Kingsford Smith Aviation Services, fitted with a 180hp (134kW) Lycoming O-360 engine, constant speed propeller and other improvements.
- Airviews Ltd
- Anglian Air Charter
- Bees Flight
- Bristol Aero Engines
- Dunlop Rubber
- Gloster Aircraft
- Hunting Aerosurveys Ltd
- Pest Control Ltd
- Southend Flying School
- Crew: 3
- Length: 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft (10.97 m)
- Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
- Wing area: 185 ft² (17.19 m²)
- Empty weight: 1,334 lb (605 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Major 1 inline piston, 130 hp (112 kW)
- Hitchman, 1989, p. 53
- Ellison, 1966, p. 72
- Jackson, p. 75
- Ellison, N.H. (1966). Auster Aircraft - Aircraft Production List. Air Britain (Historians) Ltd. ASIN B0041OQAEG.
- Hitchman, Ambrose (1989). The History of the Auster Aeroplane. International Auster Pilot Club. ASIN B0019BV2YM.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
- Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10006-9.
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