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AIRSPEED AMBASSADOR DETAILS & FLEET LISTING

The  Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador was a British twin piston engined airliner  that first flew on July 10, 1947 and served in small numbers through the  1950s and 1960s. It served Dan Air until it was retired from the fleet  in 1971. Altogether eleven Ambassadors were obtained by Dan Air, however only ten of them flew in Dan Air colours. Here you see a picture of  each aircraft. With it's service details. We apologise for any missing  pictures - we are working on it!
The Ambassador had its origin in  1943 as a requirement identified by the Brabazon Committee for a  twin-engined, short to medium-haul Douglas DC-3 replacement. Airspeed  Ltd. was asked to prepare an unpressurized design in the 14.5 ton  gross-weight class, using two Bristol Hercules radial engines. By the  time the British Ministry of Aircraft Production ordered two prototypes  from Airspeed, immediately after the end of the Second World War, the  design had grown substantially. The Ambassador would be pressurized,  have more powerful Bristol Centaurus radials, and have a maximum gross  weight of almost 24 tons. It offered seating for 47 passengers and,  having a nose wheel undercarriage, looked far more modern than the  DC-3s, Curtiss Commandos, Avro Lancastrians and Vickers Vikings that  were common on Europe's shorter airline routes. With three low fins it  shared something of the character of the larger trans-continental  Lockheed Constellation.
Below: the Dan Air Ambassador interior - this first picture was taken at the time of purchase. The interior bulkhead is the same as it's previous owner British European Airways who had operated it under the name "Elizabethan Class". the publicity picture was taken whilst the aircraft was flying, but the passengers were Dan Air Staff. The second shot was taken in 1968 - Former Ambassador stewardess Pat Martin  comments "Brilliant - but I don't ever remember it being that clean and  tidy."  One can see that the flight deck is hidden only by a curtain and  that the front row passengers would travel backwards. The high wings are  clearly visible in the centre of the cabin. The bulkhead walls have now changed and hat racks are now absent.   Throughout this section of the website we have endeavoured to find a  photograph of each individual aircraft. There are thumbnail  images of all the liveries the aircraft wore whilst with Dan Air, and in  many cases, the prior and subsequent liveries with other operators. The  thumbnail images can be enlarged by simply clicking on them.


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G-ALFR
Type: Mk.2

Serial Number: 5210

Entered Service :1964

Last Flown : 11/04/66

Obtained From : Napier Engines Ltd

Notes: Aircraft was bought in 1961 and did not enter service for three years. The aircraft was scrapped at Lasham in March 1967

G-ALFR GALLERY
G-ALZN
Type: Mk.2

Serial Number: 5212

Entered Service : April 1962

Obtained From : Overseas Aviation

Last Flown: 25/09/67

Notes: Scrapped at Lasham May 1968.

G-ALZN GALLERY
G-ALZO
Type:MK.2

Serial Number: 5226

Entered Service : 20/02/63

Obtained From :Handley Page

Last Flown: 26/09/71

Notes: Preserved at Lasham donated to Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire

G-ALZO GALLERY
G-ALZR
Type: MK.2

Serial Number:  5214

Entered Service :November 1969

Obtained From : BKS

Last Flown: Damaged whilst in service with BKS. Nose wheel had collapsed upon landing at Paris Orly Airport.

Notes: Never entered service -  scrapped at Lasham May 1972

G-ALZR GALLERY
G-ALZX
Type: MK.2

Serial Number:  5214

Entered Service :November 1959

Obtained From : BKS

Last Flown: Damaged whilst in service with BKS. Nose wheel had collapsed upon landing at Paris Beuavais Airport on 14th April 1966

Notes: Never entered service -  scrapped at Lasham May 1972


Further information here (opens in new window)
G-ALZN GALLERY
G-ALZY
Type: MK.2

Serial Number: 5221

Entered Service : 2-/02/63

Obtained From : Handley Page Ltd

Last Flown: 10/11/67

Notes: Withdrawn from use and scrapped at Lasham

G-ALZY GALLERY
G-AMAA
Type: MK.2

Serial Number: 5223

Entered Service :May 1966

Obtained From :Shell Aviation

Last Flown : Never Flown

Notes: Scrapped at Lasham February 1967.

G-AMAA GALLERY
G-AMAE
Type: Mk.2

Serial Number:   5227

Entered Service : November 1959

Obtained From : Butler Air Transport

Last Flown: 30/09/70

Notes: Scrapped at Lasham 1972

G-AMAE GALLERY
G-AMAG
Type: MK.2

Serial Number: 5229

Entered Service :May 1966

Obtained From : Shell Aviation Ltd

Notes: Damaged beyond repair when landing at Manston 30/09/68.
Accident report HERE (opens in new window)
Scrapped at Lasham
G-AMAE GALLERY
G-AMAH

Type:MK.2

Serial Number: 5230

Entered Service :November 1959

Obtained From : Butler Air Transport

Last Flown: 30/10/70

Notes: Scrapped at Lasham in 1972

G-AMAH GALLERY
ADDITIONAL PICTURES




Flightdeck
G-ALZO RESTORED AT DUXFORED - SENT TO US BY THE DUXFORD TEAM
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Richard George
2016-11-17 00:23:23
G-ALFR. Four of us in the electrical section at Lasham totally rewired this aircraft before it could be returned to service.
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