FSX/FS2004 – Airspeed Oxford. In 1936 the Air Ministry issued a specification T.23/36 for a twn engined trainer aircraft. Airspeed (1934) Ltd. were invited to submit a tender because they had produced their Envoy twin possesing the desirable features of retracting undercarriage and flaps. Such advanced features were needed on an aircraft intended to train crews for the new multi-engined bombers being constructed like the Blenheims, Wellingtons etc. The aircraft would be a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ to be used for pilot training ,navigation, night & instrument flying, radio, gunnery and bomb-aiming. A number of changes needed to be made to the Envoy, the most noticable being a lengthened nose to accommodate a prone trainee bomb aimer and a stronger fuselage and undercarriage mechanism.
By D.F. Molyneaux