Luton Major

The Luton L.A.5 Major was a 1930s British two-seat high-wing cabin monoplane. Following World War II, plans were made available to suit construction as a homebuilt aircraft.[1]

L.A.5 Major
Luton LA.5 Major, 1939
Role Two-seat cabin monoplane
Manufacturer Homebuilt
Designer C.H. Latimer-Needham
First flight 12 March 1939


The original L.A.5 Major was a two-seat light aircraft powered by a 62 hp Walter Mikron II engine. It was designed by C.H. Latimer-Needham, and built in 1939 by Luton Aircraft Limited at its Phoenix Works, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. The prototype (G-AFMU), designated L.A.5 Major, first flew on 12 March 1939. During 1943, the Phoenix Works burnt down, destroying the prototype, and causing the Luton Aircraft company to close.[2]

After World War II, Phoenix Aircraft Limited, formed by the designer C.H. Latimer-Needham and A.W.J.G. Ord-Hume, took over the design rights for the Luton Major. Latimer-Needham updated the design to make it more suitable for homebuilding, in which form it has become L.A.5A Major, with plans marketed by Falconar Avia of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as the Cubmajor. An open cockpit version is marketed as the Majorette.[2][3][4]


L.A.5 Major
Prototype, one built.
L.A.5A Major
Updated homebuilt version, all homebuilt.
Falconar Cubmajor
Version marketed in kit and plans form by Falconar Avia[4]
Falconar Majorette
Version with open cockpit marketed in kit and plans form by Falconar Avia[4]

Specifications (L.A.5)

Data from Sport Aviation

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1
  • Length: 7.24 m (23 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.72 m (35 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 15.1 m2 (163 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 272 kg (600 lb)
  • Gross weight: 467 kg (1,030 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 11 imperial gallons
  • Powerplant: 1 × Walter Mikron II , 46 kW (62 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed


  • Maximum speed: 169 km/h (105 mph, 91 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 153 km/h (95 mph, 83 kn)
  • Stall speed: 56 km/h (35 mph, 30 kn)
  • Range: 480 km (300 mi, 260 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 3.6 m/s (700 ft/min)


  1. Aithur W. J. G. Ord-Hume (September 1965). "Major Revival". Sport Aviation.
  2. Jackson 1974, p. 261
  3. Air Trails: 76. Winter 1971. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 154. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1


  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3. Putnam ISBN 0-370-10014-X
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