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Airspeed

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   Airspeed Ltd.
   Airspeed (1934) Ltd.
   Airspeed Ltd.


History

Following the closure of Vickers subsidiary Airship Guarantee Company, Nevil Shute Norway and A. Hessell Tiltman, along with support from Alan Cobham and Lord Grimthorpe (b. 1891 - d. 1963), founded Airspeed Limited at York in 1931. Tiltman became Chief Designer, while Norway served as Chief Engineer. They had already done some preliminary design work for two/three seat private owner type, but this was too ambitious a project for the fledgling company. Cobham told the board he had a need for a small passenger plane for use by his National Aviation Day venture, but no order could currently be placed. This would eventually appear as the AS.4 Ferry, but meantime the company began work on a much more modest design, the AS.1 Tern glider.

In March 1933 the firm moved to Portsmouth and during this period produced the Courier (the first British type with a retractable undercarriage to go into production) and Envoy low wing cantilever monoplanes. Lord Grimthorpes nephew, Lawrence Aldred Mervyn Dundas (later 3rd Marquess of Zetland, b. November 12, 1908 - d.October 5,1989), became one of Aispeeds '£5 per week working shareholders' and set up a company, R K Dundas Limited, together with Ronald Douglas King (Airspeed's sales manager), to act as Airspeed sales agents in India and Burma, later taking over as UK sales agents from Aircraft Exchange & Mart. In the following year, Airspeed became associated with the Tyneside ship builder Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Limited and became Airspeed (1934) Limited in August 1934. This was followed by the production of their most prolific design, the A.S.10 Oxford, a trainer derivative of the Envoy.

Norway left the firm in 1938, partially over a disagreement with Tiltman, and partially because, with success and mass production, much of the excitement had gone out of the effort. In 1940, de Havilland bought the shares in Airspeed held by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Limited, but the company retained a separate identity, reverting to the name of Airspeed Limited on 25 January 1944. During this time, they produced the Horsa troop carrying glider which was to be Tiltmans last design for the company. Hessell Tiltman left Airspeed in 1942, and in 1945 formed a research partnership with Marcus Langley which, in 1948, became Tiltman Langley Laboratories.

Postwar Airspeed produced the elegant Ambassador airliner, but this was to be its final original design to make it to production (the last Airspeed product, the Consul, being merely a civilainised Oxford). During this time, Airspeed also provided additional design and manufacturing support to de Havilland, but in 1951 completely merged with them and the Airspeed name disappeared.

Company References
  1. Airspeed Aircraft Since 1931, H.A. Taylor (Putnam, 1970)




Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Name
Alternative Name(s)
Year
Spec (Requirement)
Status
Qty
Description
References
   AS.1  Tern    1931    Pdn  2  High-performance sailplane  1,15,16,318,362,377
   AS.2      1931    Proj  0  Glider  (1,15)
   AS.3      1931    Proj  0  1E, 2/3S biplane light aircraft  (1)
   AS.4  Ferry    1931    Pdn  4 10S, 3E biplane transport  1,2,10,300,319,347,363,378
   AS.5  Courier    1931    Pdn  16(3)  5/6S, 1E low-wing monoplane transport  1,2,9,10,26,302,303,320,328,379,380
   AS.6   Envoy    1933    Pdn  61  6/8S, 2E low-wing monoplane transport  1,2,3,4,10,12,26,27,304,305,306,320,330,364,365,374,
 375,381,383,384
   AS.7  Military Envoy    1934    Proj  0  2E military transport  1
   AS.8  Viceroy    1934    Proto  1  6/8S, 2E low-wing monoplane transport  1,2,382
   AS.9      1935    Proj  0  1S, 1E interceptor fighter  1,313,601
   AS.10  Oxford Mks.I, II & III    1935  23/36
8/40/AS (OR.85)
 Pdn  8381  2E general purpose trainer  1,33,4,12,18,19,20,20,21,24,25,26,28,29,311,312,333,334,
 335,336,337,338,339,340,352,353,356,358,367,376,385,
 386
   AS.11  Courier    1935    Proj  0  All metal version for Canada  (1)
   AS.12      1935    Proj  0  4E aircraft  project  (1)
   AS.13  Not Used
   AS.14  Ambassador    1935    Proj  0  16S, 2E high wing transport  1,10,313,808
   AS.15      1935    Proj  0  General Purpose Day/Night Bomber & Troop Carrier   1,313,611
   AS.15A      1935    Proj  0  Civil AS.15  1
   AS.16      1935    Proj  0  Fokker F.XXII  1,313
   AS.17      1935    Proj  0  Fokker D.XXII  1,313
   AS.18      1935    Proj  0  Varient of AS.17  1,313
   AS.19      1935    Proj  0  Fokker D.XIX  1,313
   AS.20      1935    Proj  0  Fokker F.XXXVI  1,313
   AS.21      1935    Proj  0  Fokker D.XX  1,313
   AS.22      1935    Proj  0  Fokker C.X  1
   AS.23      1935    Proj  0  Douglas DC-2 to be built under licence  1
   AS.24      1935    Proj  0  Long range mail carrying version of AS.14  1,10,313,366,808
   AS.25  Not Used
   AS.26      1935    Proj  0  Vehicle carrying biplane  (1)
   AS.27    (Irving)  1935  38/35  Proj  0  Special defence aircraft  1,313
   AS.28      1935    Proj  0  2E transport  (1)
   AS.29      1935  B.1/35 (OR.19)  Proj  0  4E bomber  1,6,313,806
   AS.30  Queen Wasp    1935  32/35 (OR.29)  Pdn  7  1S, 1E Radio controlled target biplane  1,3,13,26,307,329
   AS.31      1935  35/35 (OR.30)  Proj  0  1S, 1E twin-boom fighter  Project  1,6,30,314,802
   AS.32      1936    Proj  0  24S, 4E transport  1,314
   AS.33      1936    Proj  0  24S, 4E transport  1,314
   AS.34      1936    Proj  0  12/15S, 4E transport  1,314
   AS.35      1936    Proj  0  8S, 4E transport  1,314
   AS.36      1937  T.1/37 (OR.46)  Proj  0  2S, 1E ab-initio trainer  1,314
   AS.37      1937  Q.8/37 (OR.48)  Proj  0  Radio-controlled flying boat target  1,13,314,350
   AS.38      1937  T.7/37 (OR.47)  Proj  0  4S, 1E communication vers. of AS.30  (1)
   AS.39  Fleet Shadower    1937  S.23/37 (OR.52)  Proto  2  2S, 4E carrier borne observation aircraft  1,301,322,323,332,372
   AS.40  Oxford    1937    Pdn  1(85)  Civilian Oxford
 See AS.10 Oxford
   AS.41  Oxford    1937    Pdn  (1)  2E general purpose trainer
 See AS.10 Oxford
   AS.42  Oxford    1937  39/37  Pdn  (4)  2E general purpose trainer
 See AS.10 Oxford
   AS.43  Oxford    1937  40/37  Pdn  (1)  Survey version of AS.42
 See AS.10 Oxford
   AS.44      1938    Proj  0  2E general purpose trainer  314,805
   AS.45  Cambridge    1939  T.34/39 (OR.68)  Proto  2  1S, 1E advanced trainer  1,22,26,321
   AS.46  Oxford Mk.V    1939    Pdn  199(23)  2E general purpose trainer  See AS.10 Oxford
   AS.47      1939    Proj  0  2E twin boom bomber  1,6,314,800,804
   AS.48      1939    Proj  0  1S, 1E night fighter  1,6,30,314
        (See note 1)    1940    Proj  0  1S, 1E fighter  30,610
   AS.49      1940  T.24/40 (OR.97)  Proj  0  1S, 1E fighter trainer  1,331,357,391
   AS.50  Queen Wasp    1940  T.24/40 (OR.97)  Proj  0  1E trainer  (1)
   AS.51  Horsa I    1941  X.26/40 (OR.99)  Pdn  2237  Troop carrying glider  1,6,15,15,15,15,17,23,25,26,308,309,310,355,368,371,
 387
   AS.52  Horsa    1941  X.3/41 (OR.104)  Proj  0  Bomb carrying glider
 See AS.51 Horsa
   AS.53  Horsa    1941    Proj  0  Vehicle carrying glider
 See AS.51 Horsa
   AS.54      1942  TX.3/43 (OR.122)  Proj  0  2S training glider  1,15
   AS.55      1942    Proj  0  2E or 4E high wing transport / freighter  1,809
   AS.56      1942  F.6/42  Proj  0  1S, 1E fighter  1,6,30,314,807
   AS.57  Ambassador    1943  C.25/43  Pdn  23  40/50S, 2E high wing transport  1,2,315,316,317,324,326,327,341,342,342,343,344,345,
 346,348,354,359,360,361,369,370,373,389,390
   AS.58  Horsa II    1943    Pdn  1562  Troop & vehcle carrying glider
 See AS.51 Horsa
        Horsa    1944    Proj  0  Powered glider  809
            1945  6/45  Proj  0  4E, 40 pax airliner to Brabazon Type IIIA  14
   AS.59  Ambassador II    1945    Proj  0  4E version of AS.57  1,14,344
   AS.60  Ayreshire    1945  C.13/45 (OR.165  Proj  0  2E freighter version of the Ambassador  1,8,344,351
   AS.61          Proj  0  Douglas DC-3 (Dakota I) conversion  (1)
   AS.62          Proj  0  Douglas DC-3 (Dakota II) conversion  (1)
   AS.63          Proj  0  Douglas DC-3 (Dakota III) conversion  (1)
   AS.64      1945  C.26/43 (OR.156)  Proj  0  Ambassador project for the RAF  (1),14
   AS.65  Consul    1946    Pdn  (155)  Civil conversion of Oxford  1,2,11,12,19,325,334,335,336,337,338,339,340,349,388
   AS.66      1947    Proj  0  Civil freighter version of the Ambassador  (1),14
   AS.67      1950    Proj  0  Civil freighter version of the Ambassador  1,8,14,803
   AS.68          Proj  0  Turboprop version of the Ambassador  (1),14
   AS.69      1951    Proj  0  Maritime recce version of the AS.57  1,5,7

Project References                    To show project references in a floating window

Project References      

1        Airspeed Aircraft since 1931, H.A. Taylor (Putnam, 1970)

2        British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 2nd Ed., 1973)

3        Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918, Owen Thetford (Putnam, 1979)

4        British Naval Aircraft since 1912, Owen Thetford (Putnam, 1978)

5        British Secret Projects: Jet Bombers since 1949, Tony Buttler (Midland, 2003)

6        British Secret Projects: Fighters and Bombers 1935-1950, Tony Buttler (Midland, 2004)

7        Nimrods Genesis, Chris Gibson (Hikoki Publications, 2015)

8        On Atlas' Shoulders, Chris Gibson (Hikoki Publications, 2016)

9        British Light Aeroplanes 1920-1940, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2000)

10      British Commercial Aircraft 1920-1940, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2003)

11      British Private Aircraft 1946-1970, Volume 2, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (Mushroom Model Publications, 2013)

12      The Oxford, Consul and Envoy File, John F. Hamlin (Air-Britain (Historians), 2001)

13      Sitting Ducks and Peeping Toms, Michael I. Draper (Air Britain (Historians), 2011)

14      Stuck on the Drawing Board, Richard Payne (Tempus, 2004)

15      British Gliders and Sailplanes 1922-1970, Norman Ellison (Adam and Charles Black, 1971)

16      Sailplanes 1920-1945, Martin Simons (EQIP Werbung & Verla GmbH, 2006)

17      British Gliders, P.H. Butler (Merseyside Aviation Society, 2nd Ed. 1975)

18      British Military Training Aircraft, Ray Sturtivant (Haynes, 1987)

19      Aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, David Duxbury, Ross Ewing and Ross Macpherson (Heinemann, 1987)

20      Spanish and Portuguese Military Aviation, John M. Andrade (Midland Counties Publications, 1977)

21      Dutch Military Aviation 1945-1978, Paul A Jackson (Midland Counties Publications, 1978)

22      Back To The Drawing Board, Bill Gunston (Airlife 1996)

23      Fighting Gliders of World War II, James E. Mrazek (Robert Hale, 1977)

24      Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.I, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1940)

25      Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.IV, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1943)

26      The Hamlyn Concise Guide to British Aircraft Of The WWII, David Mondey (Hamlyn, 1982)

27      Vzduch je nase more - Ceskoslovenske letectvi 1918-1939 (The Air is Ours - Czech Aviation 1918-1939), Jiri Rajlich & Jiri Sehnal (Nase vojsko, 1993)

28      Aircraft Profile #227 - Airspeed Oxford, John D.R. Rawlings (Profile Publications)

29      Camouflage & Markings #21 - USAAF 1942-45: British Aircraft in USAAF Service, Roger A. Freeman (Ducimus Books)

30      British Secret Projects 3: Fighters 1935-1950,  Tony Buttler (Crecy, 2018)

300    Aeroplane Monthly Feb 1976

301    Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1977

302    Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1978

303    Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1978

304    Aeroplane Monthly Sep 1978

305    Aeroplane Monthly Oct 1978

306    Aeroplane Monthly Nov 1978

307    Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1979

308    Aeroplane Monthly Oct 1979

309    Aeroplane Monthly Nov 1979

310    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1979

311    Aeroplane Monthly May 1980

312    Aeroplane Monthly Jun 1980

313    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1981

314    Aeroplane Monthly Jan 1982

315    Aeroplane Monthly Feb 1982

316    Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1982

317    Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1982

318    Aeroplane Monthly Jan 1984

319    Aeroplane Monthly Aug 1987

320    Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1988

321    Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1991

322    Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1992

323    Aeroplane Monthly Jun 1992

324    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1992

325    Aeroplane Monthly Jul 1995

326    Aeroplane Monthly Apr 2003

327    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 2005

328    Aeroplane Monthly Dec 2013

329    Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1988/3 (Air-Britain Publications)

330    Air Britain Aeromilitaria 2002/4 (Air-Britain Publications)

331    Air Britain Aeromilitaria 2005/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

332    Air Britain Aeromilitaria 2006/1 (Air-Britain Publications)

333    Air Britain Aeromilitaria 2013/4 (Air-Britain Publications)

334    Air Britain Archive 1987/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

335    Air Britain Archive 1987/3 (Air-Britain Publications)

336    Air Britain Archive 1987/4 (Air-Britain Publications)

337    Air Britain Archive 1988/1 (Air-Britain Publications)

338    Air Britain Archive 1988/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

339    Air Britain Archive 1989/3 (Air-Britain Publications)

340    Air Britain Archive 1990/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

341    Air Britain Archive 2002/4 (Air-Britain Publications)

342    Air Britain Archive 2003/1 (Air-Britain Publications)

343    Air Britain Archive 2003/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

344    Air Britain Archive 2003/3 (Air-Britain Publications)

345    Air Britain Archive 2004/1 (Air-Britain Publications)

346    Air Britain Archive 2004/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

347    Air Britain Aviation World 2009/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

348    Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 23

349    Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 65

350    Air Pictorial Feb 1955

351    Air Pictorial Feb 1984

352    Air Pictorial Jul 1990

353    Aircraft Illustrated Feb 1969

354    Aircraft Illustrated May 1976

355    Aircraft Illustrated Sep 1976

356    Aviation News Vol 3 No 14

357    BARG Roundel Sep 1988 (see Query Corner)

358    Planes No 4

359    Propliner No 105

360    Propliner No 106

361    Propliner No 107

362    Sailplane & Glider Vol 2 No 5

363    The Aeroplane 13 Apr 1932

364    The Aeroplane 09 Jan 1935

365    The Aeroplane 18 Mar 1936

366    The Aeroplane 06 May 1936

367    The Aeroplane 28 Jul 1937

368    The Aeroplane 26 May 1944

369    The Aeroplane 26 Oct 1945

370    The Aeroplane 25 Jul 1947

371    Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 39

372    Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 42

373    Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 50

374    Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 60

375    Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 61

376    Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 66

377    Flight 11 Sep 1931

378    Flight 15 Apr 1932

379    Flight 20 Oct 1932

380    Flight 23 Mar 1933

381    Flight 12 Jul 1934

382    Flight 18 Oct 1934

383    Flight 10 Jan 1935

384    Flight 02 Jul 1936

385    Flight 01 Jul 1937

386    Flight 30 Jun 1938

387    Flight 15 Jul 1943

388    Flight 11 Apr 1946

389    Flight 10 Apr 1947

390    Flight 24 Jul 1947

391    BARG Roundel Dec 1993

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Books & Booklets
   
1.     Airspeed Aircraft since 1931, H.A. Taylor (Putnam, 1970)
2.     British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 2nd Ed., 1973)
3.     Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918, Owen Thetford (Putnam, 1979)
4.     British Naval Aircraft since 1912, Owen Thetford (Putnam, 1978)
5.     British Secret Projects: Jet Bombers since 1949, Tony Buttler (Midland, 2003)
6.     British Secret Projects: Fighters and Bombers 1935-1950, Tony Buttler (Midland, 2004)
7.     Nimrods Genesis, Chris Gibson (Hikoki Publications, 2015)
8.     On Atlas' Shoulders, Chris Gibson (Hikoki Publications, 2016)
9.     British Light Aeroplanes 1920-1940, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2000)
10.     British Commercial Aircraft 1920-1940, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (GMS Enterprises, 2003)
11.     British Private Aircraft 1946-1970, Volume 2, Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume (Mushroom Model Publications, 2013)
12.     The Oxford, Consul and Envoy File, John F. Hamlin (Air-Britain (Historians), 2001)
13.     Sitting Ducks and Peeping Toms, Michael I. Draper (Air Britain (Historians), 2011)
14.     Stuck on the Drawing Board, Richard Payne (Tempus, 2004)
15.     British Gliders and Sailplanes 1922-1970, Norman Ellison (Adam and Charles Black, 1971)
16.     Sailplanes 1920-1945, Martin Simons (EQIP Werbung & Verla GmbH, 2006)
17.     British Gliders, P.H. Butler (Merseyside Aviation Society, 2nd Ed. 1975)
18.     British Military Training Aircraft, Ray Sturtivant (Haynes, 1987)
19.     Aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, David Duxbury, Ross Ewing and Ross Macpherson (Heinemann, 1987)
20.     Spanish and Portuguese Military Aviation, John M. Andrade (Midland Counties Publications, 1977)
21.     Dutch Military Aviation 1945-1978, Paul A Jackson (Midland Counties Publications, 1978)
22.     Back To The Drawing Board, Bill Gunston (Airlife 1996)
23.     Fighting Gliders of World War II, James E. Mrazek (Robert Hale, 1977)
24.     Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.I, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1940)
25.     Aircraft of the Fighting Powers, Vol.IV, H.J. Cooper and O.G. Thetford (Harborough, 1943)
26.     The Hamlyn Concise Guide to British Aircraft Of The WWII, David Mondey (Hamlyn, 1982)
27.     Vzduch je nase more - Ceskoslovenske letectvi 1918-1939 (The Air is Ours - Czech Aviation 1918-1939), Jiri Rajlich & Jiri Sehnal (Nase vojsko, 1993)
28.     Aircraft Profile #227 - Airspeed Oxford, John D.R. Rawlings (Profile Publications)
29.     Camouflage & Markings #21 - USAAF 1942-45: British Aircraft in USAAF Service, Roger A. Freeman (Ducimus Books)
30.     British Secret Projects 3: Fighters 1935-1950, Tony Buttler (Crecy, 2018)

Magazines and Periodicals    
       
300.     Aeroplane Monthly Feb 1976 351.     Air Pictorial Feb 1984
301.     Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1977 352.     Air Pictorial Jul 1990
302.     Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1978 353.     Aircraft Illustrated Feb 1969
303.     Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1978 354.     Aircraft Illustrated May 1976
304.     Aeroplane Monthly Sep 1978 355.     Aircraft Illustrated Sep 1976
305.     Aeroplane Monthly Oct 1978 356.     Aviation News Vol 3 No 14
306.     Aeroplane Monthly Nov 1978 357.     BARG Roundel Sep 1988 (see Query Corner)
307.     Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1979 358.     Planes No 4
308.     Aeroplane Monthly Oct 1979 359.     Propliner No 105
309.     Aeroplane Monthly Nov 1979 360.     Propliner No 106
310.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1979 361.     Propliner No 107
311.     Aeroplane Monthly May 1980 362.     Sailplane & Glider Vol 2 No 5
312.     Aeroplane Monthly Jun 1980 363.     The Aeroplane 13 Apr 1932
313.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1981 364.     The Aeroplane 09 Jan 1935
314.     Aeroplane Monthly Jan 1982 365.     The Aeroplane 18 Mar 1936
315.     Aeroplane Monthly Feb 1982 366.     The Aeroplane 06 May 1936
316.     Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1982 367.     The Aeroplane 28 Jul 1937
317.     Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1982 368.     The Aeroplane 26 May 1944
318.     Aeroplane Monthly Jan 1984 369.     The Aeroplane 26 Oct 1945
319.     Aeroplane Monthly Aug 1987 370.     The Aeroplane 25 Jul 1947
320.     Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1988 371.     Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 39
321.     Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1991 372.     Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 42
322.     Aeroplane Monthly Apr 1992 373.     Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 50
323.     Aeroplane Monthly Jun 1992 374.     Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 60
324.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 1992 375.     Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 61
325.     Aeroplane Monthly Jul 1995 376.     Wingspan (Incorporating Planes) No 66
326.     Aeroplane Monthly Apr 2003 377.     Flight 11 Sep 1931
327.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 2005 378.     Flight 15 Apr 1932
328.     Aeroplane Monthly Dec 2013 379.     Flight 20 Oct 1932
329.     Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1988/3 (Air-Britain Publications) 380.     Flight 23 Mar 1933
330.     Air Britain Aeromilitaria 2002/4 (Air-Britain Publications) 381.     Flight 12 Jul 1934
331.     Air Britain Aeromilitaria 2005/2 (Air-Britain Publications) 382.     Flight 18 Oct 1934
332.     Air Britain Aeromilitaria 2006/1 (Air-Britain Publications) 383.     Flight 10 Jan 1935
333.     Air Britain Aeromilitaria 2013/4 (Air-Britain Publications) 384.     Flight 02 Jul 1936
334.     Air Britain Archive 1987/2 (Air-Britain Publications) 385.     Flight 01 Jul 1937
335.     Air Britain Archive 1987/3 (Air-Britain Publications) 386.     Flight 30 Jun 1938
336.     Air Britain Archive 1987/4 (Air-Britain Publications) 387.     Flight 15 Jul 1943
337.     Air Britain Archive 1988/1 (Air-Britain Publications) 388.     Flight 11 Apr 1946
338.     Air Britain Archive 1988/2 (Air-Britain Publications) 389.     Flight 10 Apr 1947
339.     Air Britain Archive 1989/3 (Air-Britain Publications) 390.     Flight 24 Jul 1947
340.     Air Britain Archive 1990/2 (Air-Britain Publications) 391. BARG Roundel Dec 1993
341.     Air Britain Archive 2002/4 (Air-Britain Publications)    
342.     Air Britain Archive 2003/1 (Air-Britain Publications)    
343.     Air Britain Archive 2003/2 (Air-Britain Publications)    
344.     Air Britain Archive 2003/3 (Air-Britain Publications)    
345.     Air Britain Archive 2004/1 (Air-Britain Publications)    
346.     Air Britain Archive 2004/2 (Air-Britain Publications)    
347.     Air Britain Aviation World 2009/2 (Air-Britain Publications)    
348.     Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 23    
349.     Air Enthusiast Quarterly No 65    
350.     Air Pictorial Feb 1955    

Websites
   
800.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,500.0.html
801.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1611.0.html
802.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2407.0.html
803.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3327.0.html
804.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,7056.0.html
805.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,7065.0.html
806.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,7483.0.html
807.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,12932.0.html
808.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,27472.0.html
809.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,27668.0.html
810.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,27685.0.html
811.     https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,27927.0.html


Notes
  1. Various Sabre engined fighter projects were also worked upon by Airspeed in 1940, including one with a well-faired fixed undercarriage and cranked wing.  Both this and a retractable-undercarriage version had their radiators aft of the cockpit with cooling air ram-fed into an underside scoop and venting through slots in the tail.  A verbal order was given officially at one stage to Airspeed for a day fighter which formed the basis for these undesignated projects, using wooden construction as a means of conserving strategic materials.  The order was later revoked under pressure, it is believed, from another sector of the aircraft industry. [1] [96].




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Note: In the Production Summary, conversions are only listed where they result in a change from one Type to another. Changes to sub-type or Mark Number are not shown in the summary. For details of these, see the individual listings.

Type No

Name

Qty (New)

Qty (Conv.)

Canc'd

 

 AS.1 Tern

2

1

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 AS.4 Ferry

4

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 AS.5 Courier

16

 

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 AS.6 Envoy

61

 

2

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 AS.8 Viceroy

1

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 AS.10 Oxford

8381

2190

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 AS.27 

2

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 AS.30 Queen Wasp

7

393

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 AS.39 Fleet Shadower

2

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 AS.40 Oxford

1

 

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 AS.41 Oxford

(1)

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 AS.42 Oxford

(4)

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 AS.43 Oxford

(1)

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 AS.45 Cambridge

2

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 AS.46 Oxford V

199

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 AS.49 

51

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 AS.51 Horsa I

2237

1302

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 AS.57 Ambassador

23

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 AS.58 Horsa II

1562

745

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 AS.60 Ayreshire C.1

40

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 AS.65 Consul

(148)

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Total Airspeed Production

12498 

Total Airspeed Cancelled Orders

4724 

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