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Piper J-5 Photos and Information J-5 Cub Cruiser, HE-1, AE-1



Last revised 1/14/13

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J-5 Cub Cruiser Info and Trivia


All J-5's are covered by FAA Aircraft Specification A-725



There are about 470 of the J-5 series on the current U.S. Civil Aircraft Register, including three AE-1s.
The J-5A, L-4F, was built with the 75-hp Continental A-75-8 (A boosted A-65). The L-4Fs were J-5A's "impressed" by the USAAF. Baugher lists them here. (Wait - - slow!)
The J-5A-80 had the 80-hp Continental A-80-8, which never became popular
The J-5B, L-4G, was built with the 75-hp GO-145-C2. This is a geared engine. L-4G's were J-5B's "impressed" by the USAAF. Baugher lists them here.
The J-5C, Navy HE-1 and AE-1 were built with the 100-hp Lycoming O-235. Construction Numbers were 5-1309, and 5-1388 and up. The J5C is the same as the J5A except for redesigned landing gear and engine installation.

100 J-5C ambulance aircraft were produced for the U.S. Navy, beginning with CN 1400, and given Navy BuNo 30197 to 30296. They were initially called the HE-1, but when the helicopters came into service they were redesignated the AE-1. They are the same as the J5C except for the removal of rear seat and baggage compartment, the addition of several fuselage members to support the litter, and minor rudder and aileron control system changes. Baugher covers them here.

Photos In sequence by CN - Many have multiple photos

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  CN Registration and Notes
  5-175 G-BSDK, J-5A, ex-N30337, at Fenland 6-99 (slide)
N30508, 1940 J-5A at GVE, Gordonsvile, VA 11/12. This beauty arrived in the company of two Champs and was parked with one on the left and one on the right. This one has a C-85 and here we can see how the cowl opens. The J-5's have a very distinct nose. Pretty basic panel, huh!? After hanging around for a while to shoot the breeze the J-5 and Champs headed out.
N30773 1940 J-5A, with an open cowl C-85, at Wood, Fabric and Tailwheels Fly-In at 64I Lee Bottom Flying Field, Hanover, IN 9-10. Heading out that evening.
N30821, 1940 J-5A at PAMR Merrill Field, Anchorage, AK 7-04, looking much more like a PA-12 then the previous two! Note the balanced elevators, big tires and panel with Gyros.
N4441P, J-5A with squared tips, greenhouse and big tires, at PAMR Merrill Field, Anchorage, AK 4-08. I've seen an apparatus like this on several Piper struts. My guess is that it is to help prevent bent struts from snow loads on the wings.
N37961 J-5A with squared/droop tips, balanced elevator and see-thru doors, at Z41 Lake Hood Strip, Anchorage, AK 4-08
G-BTKA, J-5A, ex N38043, 5-02 slide, in England. Indistinguishable from a PA-12?
N38407, a sharp 1941 J-5A at MD18 Horn Point Airport, Cambridge, MD 5-07. See you later!
N203SA, 1943 J-5C, USN AE-1, at Keevil, England 5-06. U.S. registered, based in England
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