By H.A. Taylor
A ancient account of the Airspeed airplane corporation, describing the tasks and airplane produced over twenty years, with information of the profitable twin-engined Oxford coach produced through the moment global battle, and test-development crises.
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According to records compiled during the last days of Airspeed as an independently operating company, a total of 8,751 Oxfords were built. 83 -----_______________________J Investigation suggests that 165 were cancelled before construction, leaving 8,586 positively accounted for. Ofthese, 4,411 were built at the Portsmouth factory; 550 at the Airspeed shadow factory at Christchurch; 1,515 by de Havilland at Hatfield; 750 by Standard Motors at Coventry; and 1,360 (or 1,525 if the aircraft believed to have been cancelled in the serials NJ401-607 are included) by Percival Aircraft at Luton.
The story of these five aircraft has not previously been recorded in detail and the fact of their existence has been overlooked in some earlier reports of Airspeed's activities. 6 Envoy (originally P5626) was civil-registered after the war as G-AHAC and used by various owners until it was dismantled in 1950. The only other Envoy to continue flying after the war was the King's Flight G-AEXX, pictured above. ) 67 "-' through most of the war period, and served several owners before finally being broken up at Tollerton, Nottingham, in 1950.
The prototype, G-ACMT, flew on 26 June, 1934, in the hands of FIt. Lt. C. H. A. Colman. It was shown at the one-day SBAC Display, Hendon, on 2 July, and was at Martlesham Heath, for certification tests, by September. Although three of the first batch, including the Viceroy, were powered by 240 hp Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC or 350 hp Cheetah engines, both seven-cylinder radials, the design of the Envoy was initially based on the use of Wolseley engines, and the connection between Airspeed and Wolseley Motors remained very close until, in September 1936, Lord Nuffield suddenly decided, after a disagreement with the authorities, to stop the development and production of these engines.