Специальный вариант AS.6, получивший обозначение AS.8 Viceroy, был построен для участия в воздушной гонке MacRobertson в 1934 году.
NO. 58: The Airspeed A.S.8 (two Siddeley "Cheetah VI") which will be flown by Capt. Stack and Mr. Turner, is similar to the Airspeed "Envoy" in general design, but has more powerful engines.
Эрспид AS.8 "Фицрой" вернулся в Англию, не завершив гонку
ENTER THE "VICEROY": Capt. Stack taxies the Airspeed "Viceroy" (two supercharged "Cheetahs") towards the apron.
AS.8 Viceroy G-ACMU, specially built for competing in the 1934 England-Australia race, being examined at Portsmouth by competitors Capt T. N. Stack and S. L. Turner. Similar to the Envoy, this Viceroy was powered by two supercharged 280 h.p. Cheetah VI radial engines.
COMPLETE EQUIPMENT: An interior view of Capt. Stack's Airspeed "Viceroy," showing the wireless equipment, the chart table, and, in the pilot's department, the P.B. Automatic Pilot.
ON THE "VICEROY": One of the landing searchlights which are mounted inside the leading edges on the Airspeed "Viceroy." The aperture is transparently covered.
In the Airspeed "Viceroy," or A.S.8, manned by Stack and Tuner, the oil coolers for the Siddeley "Cheetah" VI engines form the leading edge of the cowlings.
The Airspeed "Retractor" undercarriage folds longitudinally <...> the wheel exposed. This was the first British retractile undercarriage on a production aircraft, and is now fitted to the <...> and "Viceroy." The two drawings show the method of <...> undercarriage.