Airspeed Cambridge

Airspeed Cambridge

infobox Aircraft
name = AS.45 Cambridge
type = Military advanced trainer
manufacturer = Airspeed Limited

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first flight = 19 February 1941
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retired =
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number built = 2
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The Airspeed AS.45 Cambridge was a British advanced trainer of the Second World War built by Airspeed Limited. It did not reach the production stage.


The AS.45 was designed in response to Air Ministry Specification T.34/39 for an advanced trainer. It was a low-wing monoplane of composite construction with a single piston engine and a tailwheel-type, retractable undercarriage.The first of two prototypes flew on 19 February 1941. Testing showed deficiencies in both maximum speed and low-speed flight characteristics.

There was no attempt to rectify these shortcomings, partly because there was no shortage of advanced trainers thanks to plentiful supplies of Masters and Harvards and partly because of the importance of Airspeed's other products, the Horsa and Oxford.

pecifications (AS.45)

aircraft specifications
plane or copter?= plane
jet or prop?= prop
ref=The Hamlyn Concise Guide to British Aircraft of World War IICite book
author=Mondey, David
authorlink =
title=The Hamlyn Concise Guide to British Aircraft of World War II
publisher=Aerospace Publishing
isbn= 1 85152 668 4

length main= 36ft 1in
length alt= 11m
span main= 42ft 0in
span alt= 12.80m
height main= 11ft 6in
height alt= 3.51m
area main= 290ft²
area alt= 26.94m²
empty weight main= lb
empty weight alt= kg
loaded weight main= lb
loaded weight alt= kg
useful load main= lb
useful load alt= kg
max takeoff weight main= lb
max takeoff weight alt= kg
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engine (jet)=
type of jet=
number of jets=
thrust main= lbf
thrust alt= kN
thrust original=
afterburning thrust main= lbf
afterburning thrust alt= kN
engine (prop)=Bristol Mercury VIII radial engine
type of prop=2-blade
number of props=1
power main= 730hp
power alt= 544kW
power original=
max speed main= 237mph
max speed alt= 381km/h
cruise speed main=
cruise speed alt=
never exceed speed main=
never exceed speed alt=
stall speed main=
stall speed alt=
range main= 680mi
range alt= 1,094km
ceiling main= 24,800ft
ceiling alt= 7,560m
climb rate main= ft/min
climb rate alt= m/s
loading main= lb/ft²
loading alt= kg/m²
power/mass main= hp/lb
power/mass alt= W/kg
more performance=



ee also


similar aircraft=
*Arado Ar 96
*Miles Master
*North American Harvard
*Tachikawa Ki-55



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