MANUFACTURER(S): Airspeed Ltd - UK
OPERATORS: Australia; Belgium; Burma (Myanmar); Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Denmark; Canada; Czechoslovakia; Egypt; France (Free French Forces; Greece; India; Iran; Israel; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Portugal; South Africa; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States; Yugoslavia
LENGTH: 34.48 feet (10.51 meters)
WIDTH: 53.31 feet (16.25 meters)
HEIGHT: 11.09 feet (3.38 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 5,335 pounds (2,420 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 7,518 pounds (3,410 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah X radial engines generating 355hp each.
SPEED (MAX): 192 miles-per-hour (309 kilometers-per-hour; 167 knots)
RANGE: 932 miles (1,500 kilometers; 810 nautical miles)
CEILING: 23,556 feet (7,180 meters; 4.46 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,340 feet-per-minute (408 meters-per-minute)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Airspeed Oxford Gunnery / Bomber / Navigation / Radio Crew Trainer.
Entry last updated on 3/25/2016.
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The Airspeed Oxford was a critical component of the British and Commonwealth forces aerial training program during World War 2. The type appeared in two notable forms as the "Oxford I" and the "Oxford II" with a few subvariants emerging between. The Oxford I series was charged with the training of bomber and gunnery personnel while the Oxford II was used to train navigators and radio personnel on the finer points of their respective crafts. As such, the Oxford series as a whole became a rather indispensable addition to the British Empire - serving to train numerous aircrews for their very specialized functions. First flight of the prototype occurred on June 19th, 1937.
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.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units