G-AMMS - Auster Eaglet Trainer J5K, the true and only one...
Built in 1951 by Auster Aircraft Ltd at Rearsby, it was retained by the company until 1954, being completed as a J5F, then modifed as a J5K
(the only such aircraft) and J5L.
That's where it gets complicated!!!
The airframe was fitted, at various times, with a De Havilland Gipsy Major 1 of 130hp or a Blackburn Cirrus Major 3 of 155hp, as it has now.
It has the Auster Aiglet Trainer’s shortened wingspan (from 36 ft to 32 ft, to increase the aircraft’s roll rate) and strengthened structure
to enable aerobatics to be performed.
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It was in this very aeroplane that the 'Porteous Loop', or 'Avalanche' or a loop with a flick roll in the top was first devised.
Ranald Porteous was Auster's Chief Test Pilot.
“He took the Aiglet up one day at Rearsby in view of his managing director, Frank Bates. Porteous landed and approached Bates
for a first-hand reaction. Bates regarded him quizzically for a moment, then replied: ‘Are you trying to tell me that was intentional?’”
Later on it was owned by British comedian Jimmy Edwards
After an eventless channel crossing, on 4th October 2010,
G-AMMS is intercepted by friends for the
start of a nice welcome party...