No. 6271. Airspeed AS.65 Consul (G-AIKR c/n 4338)
Photographed at Bagington, Coventry, UK, 1962, by Robert Golder

Airspeed AS.65 Consul

03/31/2007. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "This aircraft was built in 1945 as a AS.10 Oxford Mk.I and delivered to the RAF with s/n PK286. After the war Airspeed bought it back from the Government and converted it into an Consul. In its new configuration it flew for the first time in December 1946, registered as G-AIKR, and was sold to Airwork in January 1947.

It passed hands a few times, including Marshall and Radio Control Services, and by September 1965 was destined to be used in a children’s playground. However, in October 1965 it was dismantled and shipped to Canada to be preserved at the Canada Aviation Museum at Ottawa, Ontario.

After a long storage it was shipped around 2002 to the Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch, New Zealand. During a loan of 30 years the aircraft will be restored to its original Oxford configuration in about 10 years and subsequently be put on display."

Created March 31, 2007