Due to the aircrafts advanced aerodynamics, 2 airframes were used in research, one by the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough and one as a development aircraft for the Napier Rapier engine.
During World War II, surviving Airspeed Couriers were seconded into the RAF as communications platforms whilst at the end of hostilities those that were left we used for joy-riding from Southend Airport. The final Courier was scapped in December 1947.
|Powerplant||One 240 hp Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC|
|Span||47 ft 0 in|
|Maximum Weight||3,900 lb|
|Capacity||Pilot and five passengers|
|Maximum Speed||153 mph|
|Cruising Speed||132 mph|
Variants & Numbers built
|AS.5 & AS.5A Courier||13 built - 240 hp (179 kW) Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC|
|AS.5B||2 built - 277 hp Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah V|
|AS.5C||One only - 325 hp (242 kW) Napier Rapier IV engine testbed|