Air Service Training

   Air Service Training Ltd


In January 1931, the Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Reserve School, formed by J.D. Siddeley to provide aviation training for both civil and military pilots, moved to the former Avro facility at Hamble from Whitley, near Coventry, and became Air Service Training Ltd. (AST). In 1934 an engineering school was formed and, in the same year, AST became part of the Hawker Siddeley group. Flight and engineering training continued up until 1940, when AST became a Civil Repair Organisation (CRO) specializing in Spitfire repairs.

AST resumed civil training in 1947 and the CRO became the AST Aircraft Division, undertaking a variety of civil conversion design and modification. The company submitted a design to Specification T.16/48, eventually won by the Percival Provost. Later, in 1953, the company developed the C.4 high speed gunnery target, limited production of which was undertaken by Brooklands Aviation Ltd.

In 1960, AST was taken over by Airwork Ltd.

Company References
  1. http://www.airport-int.com/categories/news-and-events/air-service-training-75th-anniversary-3rd-july-2009.asp - link no longer available
  2. Flight 22 Jun 1956

Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Alternative Name(s)
Spec (Requirement)
     Not Identified    1948  T.16/48 (OR.257)  Proj  0  Trainer  (1)
     C4    1953  WD1/RDL3
     Not Identified    1955    Proj  0  High speed towed target  2

Project References
  1. British Aircraft Specifications File, K.J. Meekcoms and E.B. Morgan (Air-Britain Publications, 1994)
  2. Flight 2 Sep 1955

Production Data

   Total Air Service Training Production     0   

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