Spartan C5

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Role utility aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Spartan Aircraft Company
First flight 1930[1]
Number built 4[1]
Developed from Spartan C4

The Spartan C5 was a passenger and utility aircraft produced in small numbers in the United States in the early 1930s.[1][2][3] It was a further, ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to market the Spartan C4, from which it was developed.[2] Like its predecessor, the C5 was a high-wing, strut-braced monoplane with a fully enclosed cabin.[1] Seating was increased to five places in place of the four seats of the C4.[4] The C5 also incorporated a number of aerodynamic refinements, including a closely cowled engine and spatted mainwheels. The fuselage was constructed of welded steel tube and the wings from wood, and the whole aircraft covered in fabric.[5] The empennage was also mostly constructed from wood, with metal ribs used in the fin and the whole assembly also covered in fabric.[5]

Spartan was unable to sell the aircraft in any quantity, and eventually, built only four examples, including the prototype.[1]


Specifications (C5-301)[edit]

Data from Aero Digest

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: four passengers
  • Length: 32 ft 8 in (9.95 m)
  • Wingspan: 50 ft 0 in (15.24 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 11 in (2.72 m)
  • Wing area: 299 ft2 (27.8 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,632 lb (1,196 kg)
  • Gross weight: 4,175 lb (1,898 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior, 320 hp (240 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 145 mph (232 km/h)
  • Range: 648 miles (1,040 km)
  • Service ceiling: 14,600 ft (4,450 m)
  • Rate of climb: 940 ft/min (4.8 m/s)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "C5-300, -301", Aerofiles
  2. ^ a b The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft, p.2955
  3. ^ Taylor 1989, p.835
  4. ^ "The Spartan Aircraft Company"
  5. ^ a b Aero Digest 1935
  • "Spartan Model C-5-301". Aero Digest. April 1935. 
  • "C5-300, -301". Aerofiles. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing. p. 2955. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 835.