Aeroplane Monthly 1978-10
D.Middleton - Airspeed's elegant Envoy (1)
MODERN BRITISH DESIGN. - This view of the "Lynx"-engined Airspeed "Envoy," taken by a Flight photographer over Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth, admirably illustrates its "clean" lines.
The Lynx-engined demonstrator for R. K. Dundas Ltd, G-ACVJ, left for India in January 1935, piloted by Flt Lt H. C. Johnson and Sir Alan Cobham.
G-ADAZ Tynedale of North Eastern Airways taking off from Brooklands.
Envoy Series 1 G-ADBB Wharfedale of North Eastern Airways at Heston in 1935/36.
OK-BAL was one of four Envoys supplied to the Czech airline, CSA, during 1935/36.
The field of fire provided for the rear gunner can be visualised in this picture, which also shows the useful fact that the undercarriage, when retracted, can still be used for emergency landings on rough ground.
Convertible Envoy 251 for the South African Air Force poses for Flight on June 26, 1936.
The second of the three SAAF Envoys was 252, seen here during World War Two.
BRITISH ABROAD: One of the Japan Air Transport Company's Airspeed Envoys on the tarmac at Haneda airport, Tokyo. Routes covering some 652,500 miles in the year are now operated regularly by this company - including a service to Manchukuo.
Envoy J-BEYG of the Japan Air Transport Company, seen at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, in 1936.
ZS-ALD was one of four convertible Envoys used by South African Airways.
Another North Eastern Airways machine, G-ADBZ Swaledale, at Croydon in January 1937.
G-ADBA was impressed into RAF service in January 1939 as P5778.