EPW037848 ENGLAND (1932) [Unlocated]. The Airspeed AS.4 Ferry G-ABSI "Youth of Britain II" in flight, 1932

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Title [EPW037848] The Airspeed AS.4 Ferry G-ABSI "Youth of Britain II" in flight, 1932
Reference EPW037848
Date 10-May-1932
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Country ENGLAND
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Longitude / Latitude -7.556448482059, 49.766185796754
National Grid Reference SV000000

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"Airspeed Ltd was established in Piccadilly, York in 1931 to build aeroplanes including the AS.4 Ferry, designed by A. H. Tiltman and Nevil Shute the famous writer.



The Airspeed AS.4 Ferry was a three-engined 10-seat biplane airliner. A pleasure flying airliner built for Sir Alan Cobham, the Ferry was an unusual configuration biplane with a third engine mounted in the upper wing, designed to give the pilot a better view.



The first aircraft built, G-ABSI Youth of Britain II, first flew on 10 April 1932 from Sherburn-in-Elmet."



(source: http://yorkgrandtour.co.uk/exhibit/03/st.-helen's-square)

YorkStories
Saturday 31st of August 2013 11:27:21 PM
The crash of Imperial Airways twin-engined Handley Page W.10 'City of Ottawa' in the English Channel on 17 June 1929 due to engine failure - a bolt holding a con rod on the starboard engine had fractured - encouraged the development of three-engined airliners/transports such the Airspeed Ferry seen here. See also EPW027724

MB
Wednesday 23rd of January 2013 10:46:08 AM
The Airspeed Ferry G-ABSI first flew on 10 April 1932; so this shot was taken a month later. This was the first Airspeed Ferry, built as a 'pleasure' airliner. Construction was probably under the direction of Sir Alan Cobham, an Airspeed director. Details on Wikipedia - here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airspeed_Ferry

MB
Wednesday 23rd of January 2013 10:28:04 AM
I love the fact that this was cutting edge once, and now it just looks cool.

BruceR
Monday 17th of December 2012 10:09:25 PM