The first British production aircraft with a retractable undercarriage, the AS.5 was designed for a non-stop flight from Britain to India with airborne refuelling. Alan Cobham only got as far as Malta in September 1934 in the AS.5 prototype, G-ABXN. A month later G-ACJL took sixth place in the London to Melbourne Air Race, flown by Sqn Ldr David Stodart and Sgt Pilot Ken Stodart. The Courier was also used as small airliner and 16 frames were built. Photo from: San Diego Air & Space Museum
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