Oxford

One of the RAF’s most versatile, and useful, multi-engined trainers

The first Oxford, L4534, at Portsmouth in its original finish.
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In the mid-1930s, British expansion plans in response to the coming war meant that a plethora of requirements and specifications were issued.This was matched to the establishment of specialised training schools and systems, something that was to increase as demands for aircrew grew during hostilities, and which saw its greatest achievement with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Dedicated training types would be needed, beyond the traditional ab initio aircraft and the use of obsolete front-line machines.

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