INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT
|Airspeed AS 39 Fleet Shadower|
There were 5 companies interested in this specification, Percival, Short Bros, Fairey, General Aircraft and Airspeed.
The AS 39 was a high-wing monoplane of mixed construction with the wings
of wooden construction with two spruce and plywood box spars, former ribs,
and a plywood covering. Sections between the spars were watertight to provide
buoyancy in the event of a forced-alighting at sea. Wing bracing struts
each consist of two steel tubes arranged in Vee formation. The fuselage
is of metal construction with a detachable forward observer's compartment.
The undercarriage consisted of a conventual fixed type. The AS 39 was powered
by four 130 hp Pobjoy Niagara V seven-cylinder radial air-cooled geared
engines, each driving a two-blade fixed-pitch wooden airscrew 8 ft. in diameter. The crew of the AS 39 consisted of a Pilot, observer and radio-operator.
Two prototypes of the A.S.39 were ordered, N1323 and N1324, but only
one was completed, N1323 being flown on 17/10/40, later than the GAL. 38
as it awaited the arrival of Niagara V's. In common with the GAL.38, the
aircraft's performance during flight trials was disappointing due to aerodynamical
problems, particularly when one engine was cut. In the end this aircraft
like the GAL 38, no longer served a viable purpose.
Airspeed A.S.39 Fleet Shadower
Total FAA 1939-1945: 0
First delivered to RN: 0
First squadron 1939-1945: 0
Last served with RN 0
None with FAA