The Airspeed Ambassador was hailed as the Douglas DC-3’s heir apparent before the California-built type had cemented its place in history during D-Day and Market Garden. However, the post-war type failed to keep pace with technological advances, as Bruce Hales-Dutton describes
It was hardly an auspicious start for Britain’s latest airliner. A partial re-design during development delayed its service entry by a year at a time when even more advanced equipment was on the way. Yet the Airspeed Ambassador was to form a vital element in the transformation of the state-owned British European Airways (BEA) into one of the world’s top carriers.