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Airspeed AS.5 Courier

 

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A light transport of conventional all-wood construction, with all control surfaces fabric-covered, of 1935. The first British aircraft with retractable undercarriage to go into production, a five-six-seat cantilever low-wing cabin monoplane.


First flown on 11 April 1933. Sixteen were built, with one flown by Sir Alan Gobham in an attempt to fly from England to India non-stop using flight refuelling.
Powered by an Armstrong Lynx IVC engine (AS.5A version) or an Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah V (AS.5B version).

 

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AS.5A
Engine: Armstrong Lynx IVC

AS.5B
Engine: Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah V, 301 hp
Length : 28.51 ft / 8.69 m
Wingspan : 47.014 ft / 14.33 m
Wing area : 250.048 sqft / 23.23 sq.m
Max take off weight : 3999.9 lbs / 1814.0 kg
Weight empty : 2328.5 lbs /1056.0 kg
Max. speed : 144 kts / 266 km/h
Cruising speed : 126 kts / 233 km/h
Service ceiling : 16995 ft / 5180 m
Wing load : 15.99 lb/sq.ft / 78.00 kg/sq.m
Range : 556 nm / 1030 km
Crew : 1

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