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Airspeed Oxford

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Airspeed Oxford
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Restored aircraft in wartime paint scheme
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History
Type low wing, twin engined monoplane
Role Training aircraft
Manufacturer Airspeed Ltd
Number built 8,751
Primary users RAF
In service 19 Jun 1937
Out of service 1956


Remarks

Developed as a trainer for the multi engine bombers that would be required if war broke out. Based on an existing 6 seat passenger aircraft, an initial 136 order was given to the Portsmouth factory. Eventually it was to produce 4,411 aircraft. Later, 1,515 of theses aircraft were also build be de Haviland at Hatfield, 1,360 by Percival Aircraft at Luton, and 750 by Standard Motors at Coventry.

General characteristics

  • Crew: Three - variable to meet training role
  • Length: 10.52 m
  • Wingspan: 16.26 m
  • Height: 3.38 m
  • Empty weight: 2,414 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,402 kg
  • Powerplant: 2 x Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah X radial engines
  • Maximum speed: 309 km/h
  • Range: 5.5 hours
  • Service ceiling: 7,180 m
  • Armament
  • Guns: .303 in (7.7mm) Vickers K Machine gun in dorsal turret
  • Bombs: 16 x 5 kg practice bombs carried externally

Crew members

Ground Crew

No. 7 Operational Training Unit