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The Lombardi LM.5 Aviastar was a two-seat light aircraft produced in Italy shortly after the Second World War, followed by a three-seat version called the LM.7.

It was a low wing, cantilever monoplane of conventional design and mixed construction. The main units of the tailwheel undercarriage were retractable, and the cabin was fully enclosed, offering side-by-side seating. The Italian press of the day nicknamed it Topolino dell'Aria ("Little mouse of the air").

An LM.5 (registration HB-UEM) was piloted to victory in the 1949 Tour Aerien de Suisse by Walter Spahni. The same year, however, the Lombardi firm ceased business, unable to sell its designs in the post-war marketplace. Only five examples of the LM.5 and two of the LM.7 had been built.

The LM.5 prototype (registered I-PIER, after its designer) was restored by Ali Romantiche at Sandigliano. The same firm has also commenced the restoration of the LM.7 prototype (registration I-TTEN).

Variants

  • LM.5 - two-seat version with CNA D or Continental C90 engine
  • LM.7 - three-seat version with Praga or Walter Minor engine

Specifications (LM.5)

Data from "Light and Ultra-Light from Italy", 575

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental C90, 67 kW (90 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 194 km/h (121 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 5,900 m (19,500 ft)

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<source: www.wikipedia.org>