Harlow PC-5


The Harlow PC-5 was a 1930s American military trainer version of the PJC-2 designed and built by the Harlow Aircraft Company.

Harlow PC-5
Harlow PC-5A.jpg
Role Four-seat cabin monoplane
Manufacturer Harlow Aircraft Company
Hindustan Aeronautics
Designer Max B. Harlow
First flight 1939
Introduction 1942
Primary user Royal Indian Air Force
Number built 5(PC-5)
1 (PC-6)


The Harlow Aircraft Company in Alhambra, California, designed a version of the PJC-2 as a tandem two-seat training aircraft.[1] The PC-5 had a revised fuselage with dual controls.[1] The aircraft first flew in July 1939 but it failed to interest the United States Army Air Corps. Howard Hughes' business partner, J.B. Alexander, backed the project and had flown in early examples of the aircraft.[2] Harlow licensed the manufacturing rights to the PC-5 to Cub Aircraft of Canada during the wartime buildup.[3] Only five aircraft had been built when the company was taken over by the Intercontinent Corporation. Components for 50 aircraft were supplied to the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics, who were to assemble the aircraft for use by the Indian Air Force as the PC-5A.[3] The first PC-5A flew in August 1941,[4] but it is not known how many were assembled and flown.

Using an engineering team brought in by Intercontinental, a cheaper version of the PC-5 was developed and built as the PC-6. The PC-6 wing failed, causing a fatal accident during an early test flight.[citation needed]


PJC-5 later PC-5
Tandem two-seat training version of the PJC-2
Version for assembly in India by Hindustan Aircraft, number built not known.
Cheaper version of the PC-5, one built.



Specifications (PC-5A)Edit

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1941,[5] The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft[6]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 23 ft 7 in (7.19 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 7.5 in (10.859 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 8 in (2.34 m)
  • Wing area: 185 sq ft (17.2 m2)
  • Airfoil: NACA 23012[7]
  • Empty weight: 2,015 lb (914 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,600 lb (1,179 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Warner Super Scarab 165-D 7-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 165 hp (123 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed propeller


  • Maximum speed: 163 mph (262 km/h, 142 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 145 mph (233 km/h, 126 kn)
  • Landing speed: 56 mph (49 kn; 90 km/h)
  • Range: 425 mi (684 km, 369 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,900 m)
  • Rate of climb: 700 ft/min (3.6 m/s)

See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists


  1. ^ a b "Harlow PJC-2 1938–41". planeandpilotmag.com. Retrieved April 17, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ John Underwood. Grand Central Air Terminal. p. 95.
  3. ^ a b "Harlow". aerofiles.com. Retrieved April 17, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ United States. Bureau of Foreign Commerce (1954). "World Trade Information Service, Parts 4-5". books.google.ca. Retrieved April 17, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Grey, C.G.; Bridgman, Leonard, eds. (1941). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1941. London: Sampson Low, Marston & company, ltd. p. 181c.
  6. ^ The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Aircraft. London: Orbis Publications. 1985. p. 2009.
  7. ^ Lednicer, David. "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". m-selig.ae.illinois.edu. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

Further readingEdit

  •   Media related to Harlow PC-5 at Wikimedia Commons
  • Juptner, Joseph (1 December 1993). U.S. civil aircraft series. New York: Blue Ridge Summit, Penn. ISBN 978-0830643738.