This aircraft has an interesting history: registered as a J.5P Autocar, it is clearly not one! It was built as a J.5L Aiglet Trainer (short, aerobatic wings; 145 hp Gipsy Major 10) for agents KSAS and shipped, engineless to Australia. Registered VH-BYW 20 September 1955. Type changed to J.5R Alpine on 7 Oct 1966 following fitting of longer-span, ex-Autocar wings. Somehow this changed to J.5P on the Register! Currently based at Moorabbin & seen here at the Antique Aeroplane Assoc. of Aust's National Fly-in
This aircraft is very rare as only six J.5R Alpines were built in total, and this is one of only two in Australia. It was registered new in the UK as G-APCX on 26 June 1957 and subsequently passed through a number of owners, including the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. In 1978 it was imported into Australia along with a number of other UK Austers by the late Sander Veenstra and registered VH-KBV on 23 February 1979. Withdrawn from service in '82: in '87 commenced a rebuild, flying again April '88.
There are not too many Alpines on the Australian register, this one was registered in the UK as G-APCX and entered the Australian register on February 23rd, 1979. Nice to see this aircraft at the Aldinga flying in 1992.
There are not too many Alpines on the Australian register, this one was registered in the UK as G-APCX and entered the Australian register on 23 Feb 1979. Nice to see this aircraft at the Noarlunga flying in 1992.