14 memories of Portsmouth Airspeed factory and aircraft

Do you remember the Airspeed factory in Portsmouth?

Thursday, 12th November 2020, 4:25 pm
Airspeed lads up for the cup 1942. Airspeed lads plus a sailor friend pose in Trafalgar Square. All in suits and ties. Picture: Len Durrant collection
Airspeed lads up for the cup 1942. Airspeed lads plus a sailor friend pose in Trafalgar Square. All in suits and ties. Picture: Len Durrant collection

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Plenty of activity in the Airspeed factory which dominated life at Portsmouth airport from 1932 until the company closed in 1968

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1943: Three British Airspeed Horsa gliders taking to the air towed by Whitleys. These gliders were used as troop carriers in the Allied invasion of Europe and could carry 15 fully armed troops and equipment. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
20th September 1934: Squadron Leader Helmore operating the re-fuelling lock of his Air-Speed Courier, in which he and Sir Alan Cobham (1894 - 1973), flew to India from Portsmouth. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
The old Airspeed factory on what is now the Airport Industrial Estate off Eastern Road, Portsmouth
Airspeed Oxford aircraft on the south west corner of Portsmouth Airport.
Airspeed Horsa gliders lay in the fields where they landed at midnight 6/6/1944 prior to the attack to capture the soon to be famous Pegasus bridge over the Caen canal. Through the trees on the left can be seen the Gondree Cafe, the owners of which were the first French citizens to be liberated by the British Army. IWM pic B5233
Pilots read a map in front of an Airspeed Oxford.
Airborn troops dig in alongside their Airspeed Horsa gliders close to where they landed at midnight 6/6/1944, prior to the attack to capture the soon to be famous Pegasus bridge over the Caen canal. IWM pic B5051
Three days after D-Day and telephone lines are being put up across the soon to be famous Pegasus bridge over the Caen canal. Airspeed Horsa gliders lay in the fields where they landed at midnight 6/6/1944. IWM pic B5288
Vietnam bound. Two entire planes being shipped from Portsmouth to the Far East about 1950.
Prototype of Airspeed Oxford plane on its maiden flight from Portsmouth on June 19, 1937. Nearly all Second World War Bomber Command crews trained in this type of aeroplane, of which 9,000 were built. (Many of which were built in the Portsmouth area). Picture: Courtesy of Reg Betts from Wickham
Norway House - the former home of Nevil Shute 1899-196- Author, Aircraft Designer and the founder of Airspeed
11th May 1953: English novelist Nevil Shute (1899 - 1960) autographing books in aid of the National Fund for Polio Research at Harrod's Book Department. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)