|P. G. Cox, e-mail, 16.03.2012 05:57|
The Airspeed company was started by the author Nevil Shute. He was, primarily, an aircraft designer who also worked on the R100 (the successful one) and wrote in his spare time. He sold the company to DeHavilland when he had difficulty attracting financing. His aircraft were employed on the King's Flight. You can read all about this talented man in his autobigraphical work 'Slide Rule'.
An Airspeed AS.5 Courier, flown by Squadron Leader D.E. Stodart and Sergeant K.G. Stodart, came sixth in the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race with an elapsed time of 9 days 18 hours.