United Kingdom (1937)
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The Airspeed Oxford was a priceless trainer in use by British and Commonwealth forces throughout the Second World War.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Airspeed Oxford Gunnery / Bomber / Navigation / Radio Crew Trainer. Entry last updated on 3/25/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Design-wise, the Airspeed Oxford was of a conventional design and overall arrangement. The engines were mounted along the leading edges of their respective low monoplane wings which straddled the cockpit. The cockpit was, itself, heavily glazed to provide for maximum views at nearly all angles in flight (including a perfect view of each engine). A single vertical tail fin was affixed to the tail unit as were a pair of horizontal tailplanes. There were enough crew accommodations for up to three personnel. The undercarriage was of a tail-dragger configuration, made up of a pair of single-wheeled main landing gear legs and a small tail wheel at the rear. Only the main legs were retractable and these only partially so under each engine nacelle.
Armament was optional and utilized in the training of bomber and gunnery personnel. A 7.7mm Vickers K machine gun could be mounted to a dorsal position while 16 x 11.5lb practice bombs could be stowed in the internal bomb bay.
The Airspeed Oxford went on to see extensive service in the inventories of many countries before her tenure had ended. Some 8,586 examples were produced in all.
Any available statistics for the Airspeed Oxford Gunnery / Bomber / Navigation / Radio Crew Trainer are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.
Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (192mph).
Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
Graph showcases the Airspeed Oxford Mk I's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.