By H.A. Taylor
A ancient account of the Airspeed plane corporation, describing the tasks and plane produced over two decades, with information of the winning twin-engined Oxford coach produced in the course of the moment global battle, and test-development crises.
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Trouble with the British Foreign Office was duly smoothed out and there was no difficulty over the order for the second Envoy, G-AEXE. This was flown out in more difficult monsoon weather conditions in June by G. B. S. Errington, later to be Airspeed's chief test pilot, accompanied by another apprentice, R. O. M. Graham, in 53 flying hours after leaving Portsmouth on 15 June. While in Kwangsi Province, Errington took a busman's holiday to test a locally built fighter. Earlier, a hard, and no doubt reasonably economic order had been received for seven convertible civil/military Envoy IUs from South Africa.
5A COiIRI£R ~« Four Couriers in a line-up at Portsmouth Airport of the fleet of Portsmouth Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation who operated the Solent ferry on which seven Couriers were eventually deployed. On the right are two Monospars and a Fox Moth. S Courier was that bought early in 1946 by East Anglian Flying Services, later Channel Airways, of Southend, and used for pleasure flying and taxi work for three years until scrapped for lack of spares. ) 52 53 - r and inter-spar bracing of built-up diagonal struts.
77 Two of the few Oxford lIs (P8832 and P8833) which were fitted out for ambulance duties and appropriately marked before delivery by Airspeed from their Portsmouth factory. ) The only Mark III Oxford to be built made its first flight in March 1940. It was fitted with Cheetah XV engines and Rotol constant-speed propellers, one of which is feathered in this picture. ) and radio-operation trainer, without a turret; the Mark III, a projected development-of which one initial experimental version, P1864, was built and flown on 12 March, 1940-fitted with Cheetah XV engines and Rotol constant-speed propellers; the Mark IV, a projected pilot-training version of the Mk III; and the Mark V (the prototype of which was AS592) which was the pilot, navigation and radio trainer version with 450 hp Pratt & Whitney R985-AN6 Wasp Junior seven-cylinder radials and Hamilton Standard constant-speed propellers.
Airspeed Aircraft since 1931 by H.A. Taylor