Airspeed AS.30 Queen Wasp

1st Flight 1937

The Airspeed AS.30 Queen Wasp was a British pilotless target aircraft built by Airspeed Limited at Portsmouth during the Second World War. Although intended for both Royal Air Force and Royal Navy use, the aircraft never went into series production.

In flight tests, the aircraft was found to be underpowered and water handling difficulties necessitated a redesign of the floats by their manufacturer, Short Brothers. Although the production run of 10 aircraft was begun (P5441–P5450), only three more aircraft were completed and delivered to the Royal Air Force.

Airspeed proposed a number of unsuccessful designs derived from the Queen Wasp including the AS.38 communications aircraft and the AS.50 trainer developed to meet Specification T.24/40.


Crew: 1 (optional)

Length: 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m)

Wingspan: 31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)

Width: 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m) wings folded

Height: 10 ft 1 in (3.07 m)

Gross weight: 3,500 lb (1,588 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah IX 7-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 350 hp (260 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed


Maximum speed: 172 mph (277 km/h, 149 kn) at 8,000 ft (2,438 m)

Cruise speed: 151 mph (243 km/h, 131 kn) at 10,000 ft (3,048 m)

Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,100 m)




The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft – Orbis Publishing


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