Airspeed Consul

The Airspeed Consul is a twin-engine light transport aircraft and affordable airliner designed and produced by the British aircraft manufacturer Airspeed Limited.

Introduced during the immediate post-war period, it was a straight forward conversion of surplus Airspeed Oxford military trainers that had been extensively used during the Second World War.

Early on in the conflict, Airspeed’s management recognized that the vast numbers of Oxfords then in military service would need a new purpose as an inevitable consequence of demobilization greatly reducing military demand for the type.

The Consul was developed into various models, each being typically suited for a particular role, such as an air ambulance, freighter, executive transport, and airliner.

Airspeed marketed the type particularly heavily towards private owner-pilots and businesses, the latter being an a typical choice for the era.

A number were also produced with armaments, having been militarized and exported to multiple overseas air forces.

By the end of production, 162 Consuls had been produced.

Specifications

Crew

1

Capacity

Six passengers

Length

35 ft 4 in (10.77 m)

Wingspan

53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)

Height

10 ft 1.5 in (3.086 m)

Wing area

348 sq ft (32.3 m2)

Empty weight

6,047 lb (2,743 kg)

Max take-off weight

8,250 lb (3,742 kg)

Fuel capacity

156 imp gal (187 US gal; 709 l) in 4 wing tanks ; 17 imp gal (20 US gal; 77 l)

Powerplant

2 × Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah 10 seven cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines,

395 hp (295 kW) each at 2,425 rpm at 4,300 ft (1,311 m), with 2.25 psi (15.51 kPa) boost

Propellers

2-bladed Fairey-Reed fixed-pitch metal propellers

Performance

Maximum speed

190 mph (310 km/h, 170 kn) at 4,800 ft (1,463 m)

Cruise speed

163 mph (262 km/h, 142 kn) maximum weak mixture

Stall speed

64 mph (103 km/h, 56 kn)

Range

900 mi (1,400 km, 780 nmi)

Service ceiling

19,000 ft (5,800 m)

Rate of climb

1,070 ft/min (5.4 m/s) at sea elvel

Time to altitude

10,000 ft (3,048 m) in 10 minutes

Wing loading

23.1 lb/sq ft (113 kg/m2)

Power/mass

0.096 hp/lb (0.158 kW/kg)

Fuel consumption

30 imp gal/h (36 gal/h; 136 l/h)

Take-off distance to 66 ft (20 m)

1,725 ft (526 m) in 5 mph (4 kn; 8 km/h) wind

Landing run

825 ft (251 m).

 

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