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Low Volume Production

This page covers Airspeed aircraft with low production volumes and/or registration/serial allocations. For higher volume production, see the individual type production list.

 AS.1 TernSingle seat sailplane.
 AS.4 FerryMulti-engined light airliner.
 AS.8 ViceroyEnvoy derivative for the England to Australia MacRobertson Trophy Race.
 AS.27Special defence aircraft to Specification 38/35.
 AS.39 Fleet ShadowerFleet spotter to Specification S.23/37 to meet the requirements of OR.52.
 AS.45 CambridgeAdvanced trainer to Specification T.4/39 to meet the requirements of OR.68.
 AS.49Intermediate single seat fighter trainer to Specification T.24/40.
 AS.60 Ayreshire C.1Military transport variant of the Ambassador to Specification C.13/45.



Airspeed AS.1 Tern

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C/n

Initial Registration

Notes

 2 aircraft built by Airspeed Ltd., York.  First flew August 1931.
 1 BGA0190 
 2  
 3  Not completed

Total Production   2    Cancelled  1




Airspeed AS.4 Ferry

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C/n

Initial Registration

Notes

 4 aircraft built by Airspeed Ltd., Portsmouth, between April 1932 and March 1933.
 4 G-ABSI Impressed into RAF service as AV968 under File No. 50801/39.
 5 G-ABSJ 
 6 G-ACBT 
 9 G-ACFB Impressed into RAF service as DJ715 under File No. 50801/39.

Total Production   4




Airspeed AS.8 Viceroy

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C/n

Initial Registration

Notes

 1 aircraft built by Airspeed Ltd., Portsmouth. First flew September 1934.
 18 G-ACMU 

Total Production   1




Airspeed AS.27

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Serial Range

C/n

Batch Qty

Conv.

Canc'd

Notes

 2 aircraft ordered from Airspeed Ltd., Portsmouth, to contract 486768/36. Cancelled.
 K8846 - K8847    2 
 

Total Production

2

 



Airspeed AS.39 Fleet Shadower

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Serial Range

C/n

Batch Qty

Conv.

Canc'd

Notes

 2 aircraft ordered from Airspeed Ltd., Portsmouth, to contract 7504047/38. First flew October 1940.
 N1323, N1326  2   N1326 not completed
 

Total Production

2

   



Airspeed AS.45 Cambridge

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Serial Range

C/n

Batch Qty

Conv.

Canc'd

Notes

 2 aircraft ordered from Airspeed Ltd., Portsmouth, to contract B.32277/39. First flew February, 1941
 T2449, T2453  2   
 

Total Production

2

   



Airspeed AS.49

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Serial Range

C/n

Batch Qty

Conv.

Canc'd

Notes

 1 aircraft ordered from Airspeed Ltd., Hatfield (1), to contract B.156034/40. Cancelled.
 BH727 (BS750)    1 See note 2
 50 aircraft ordered from Airspeed Ltd., Hatfild (1), to contract Acft/67. Cancelled.
 BS827 - BS848    22 
 BS863 - BS890    28 

Total Production

51

 



Airspeed AS.60 Ayreshire C.1

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Serial Range

C/n

Batch Qty

Conv.

Canc'd

Notes

 30 aircraft ordered from Airspeed Ltd., Christcurch, to contract Acft/5958. Cancelled.
 VP219 - VP248    30 
 10 aircraft ordered from Airspeed Ltd., Christchurch, to contract 6/Acft/783. Cancelled
 VS227 - VS236    10 See note 3
 

Total Production

40

 



Notes
  1. The Airspeed design team had been relocated to the de Havilland design office, Hatfield.
  2. Serial BH727 was originally incorrectly allocated to the non-existant de Havilland submission to T.24/40. The allocation should have been to Airspeed and serial BS750 was subsequently allocated for their use. The design reached mock up status but was destroyed in an air raid.
  3. The contracts ledger gives Contract 6/Acft/783/CB.10 to Vickers-Armstrongs (Supermarine) Ltd for 10 Airspeed Ayreshire C.1s, but this contract number actually covered an order from CB.7 for Mosquito T.3s and NF.38s [3]

Production References
  1. Airspeed Aircraft Since 1931, H.A. Taylor (Putnam, 1970)
  2. Impressments Logs, Peter W. Moss (Air Britain Publications, 1962-66)
  3. Air Britain Archive, 2003/3 (Air-Britain Publications)
  4. Air Britain RAF Aircraft Register Series, Various Volumes (Air-Britain Publications)

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V1.3.0 Created by Roger Moss. Last updated February 2017