Oxford Diecast Airspeed Oxford MP425/G-AITB (RAF Museum Hendon) 1:72

Product Code: 72AO001

OXFORD DIECAST

£33.95
£33.95

The Airspeed AS.10 Oxford, affectionately known by her crews as the ‘Ox Box’ was developed by Airspeed Ltd to meet an Air Ministry need for an advanced training aircraft to train crews whose role was to fly bomber aircraft. It was a low wing cantilever monoplane with semi-monocoque constructed fuselage and wooden tail unit. Its main landing gear struts retracted into the engine nacelles and it was designed to hold a normal crew of three although the seating could be changed according to the training role.  The cockpit had dual controls and two seats for a pilot and either a navigator or second pilot. Just over 8500 were built, primarily for the RAF although it was used extensively by Commonwealth air forces as well as many other countries across Europe and beyond.  It took its first flight in 1937 and was used to prepare and train complete aircrews for RAF Bomber Command, including pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, gunners and radio operators on the same flight. When training bomb aimers, the second set of controls was removed and the space used for a prone operator.  If training navigators, the second seat was pushed back to line up with the chart table.  Aft of the cockpit was a wireless operator station on the starboard of the fuselage.  As well as training various crew members, the Oxford could also be used as an air ambulance.   The aircraft was used by the RAF in a training and light transport role until 1956 when many were sold for use by overseas air forces. It was in an Airspeed Oxford that the aviator Amy Johnson went missing, said to have crashed in the Thames Estuary in 1941.

Several are preserved across the world and our version is modelled on the aircraft on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon, a replica of the Mk III 425 hp version.  It is decorated in the dark brown and dark green camouflage scheme with yellow wing tips and fuselage band. Coloured triangles, also in yellow, feature on the lower wings and on the sides of the fuselage.  Other details included a green cockpit with black instrument panel, amber upper cockpit glazing and the addition of an aerial above the cockpit. 

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