British Airspeed Courier (oz6638)
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British Airspeed Courier - Radio Control scale model.
Quote: "Hi Steve, Here is the next set of plans. It is a 1931 British Airspeed Courier. A single engine low wing monoplane passenger transport /retractable gear. I built and flew this aircraft a few years back with home made retracts. Flew well."
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User commentsHi Steve, I found a few pictures of the Airspeed [more pics 003-005].
JoelCimmino - 20/05/2015
Regarding Airspeed: one of their design team was Neville Shute Norway (better known as Neville Shute), the author of 'A Town Like Alice' and 'On the Beach', who was a qualified aeronautical engineer and had worked with De Havilland and, with Barnes Wallis, also worked on the R100 and R101 airships.
Daithi - 22/01/2017
Just a little correction to the above comment: Shute was actually the Managing Director of Airspeed, and didn't have much to do with the design of the Courier. Also, he never had anything to do with the R101: he was Chief Stress Calculator, and later effectively the Chief Engineer, of the R100. His autobiography, "Slide Rule", is a wonderful read.
JP - 24/01/2018
Concerning the previous comments I would like to add that Neville Shute was also one of the brains (brains?) behind the Great Panjandrum for Lord Mountbatten. This was one top-secret weapon too be displayed in plain sight to distract the Germans. This is one of its least embarrassing videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cyBcGDzQzI . And my thanks to Joel Cimmino, he has a firmer seat than what's above in my private Hall of Fame.
Miguel - 24/11/2018
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