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THE AIRFORCE - AIRCRAFT - AS.10 OXFORD I
 
 

Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 2 x 375hp Armstrong Sidderley Cheetah X radial engines
Speed: 325 kph, 202mph mph
Range: 1 127km, 700miles
Seats: 3+
Length: 10.52m, 34ft 6in
Span: 16.26m, 4ft 4in
Empty Weight: 2 572kg, 5,670lb
Max T/O Weight: 3 269kg, 8,000lb
Period of Service: 1940 - 1947

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
None specified

Attrition:
No incidents found

AS.10 Oxford I

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: Airspeed
Country of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Role: Training
 
Description:

The Oxford Mk I was a general-purpose, bombing and gunnery trainer, usually fitted with a dorsal gun turret.

The Oxford, built to Specification T.23/36, was based on Airspeed's commercial 8-seater craft, the Airspeed AS.6 Envoy. Seven of these had been modified for the South African Air Force as the "Convertible Envoy", which could be equipped at short notice with a single machine-gun in a hand-operated Armstrong Whitworth dorsal turret and bomb racks.  

666 Oxfords (1901 to 1999 and 3300 to 3869) served in the SAAF as part of the Joint air Training Scheme.

Armament on the Mk I consisted of one .303-in (7.7mm) machine-gun in a dorsal turret.


Images:

Oxford IIs of 42 AS based at Port Elizabeth during 1944. Painting by Ron Belling.