Titles: Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador No 1 and No 2

The Airspeed Ambassador was designed to meet the specifications of the Brabrazon committee, a British government committee formed to consider the future of civil aviation after WW2. Their specifications failed to take into account the new gas turbine engines and the large number of surplus wartime transports which flooded the market.

In the event it was probably the latter which most affected the Ambassador, and only 22 examples of this very aesthetic aircraft were produced. These all went to British European Airlines (BEA) initially, which gave it the generic name “Elizabethan”, then drifted down to third-level airlines to serve out their remaining time.

We offer two titles covering the beautiful Ambassador. The first title includes the manufacturer’s combined flight and maintenance manual plus a detailed technical presentation. The second contains the BEA operating manual for the standard Ambassador (known as the Elizabethan), plus the flight manual for the single example of a turbo-prop powered Ambassador plus two publicity leaflets. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.

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Title 1 contains:

    • Manufacturer’s manual for the Airspeed Ambassador, titled “Ambassador Aircraft Manual”, Publication No 107 revised to 1955, with approx 473 pages. This is a combined flight manual and maintenance manual.
    • Manufacturer’s “Presentation” for the Airspeed Ambassador, dated July 1949 with approx. 65 pages. Contains a detailed description of the design and operating philosophy, including operating economics.

Title 2 contains:

    • BEA Operations Manual for the “Elizabethan”, BEA Approved Technical Publication No 114 revised to 1956,with approx 365 pages.
    • BEA Operations Manual for the “Tyne Elizabethan”, revised to amdt 89 dated September 1959, approx 330 pages. (Consists of the standard manual as above, but with revised pages where the Rolls-Royce Tyne turboprop engine installation has caused changes.)
    • BEA publicity brochure for the “Elizabethan”, undated with 5 pages.
    • Manufacturer’s publicity brochure for the Airspeed Ambassador, dated August 1950 with 8 pages.