11 Facts About Avro Anson


Avro Anson is a British twin-engined, multi-role aircraft built by the aircraft manufacturer Avro.

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On 24 March 1935, the Avro Anson 652A conducted its maiden flight at Woodford Aerodrome, Greater Manchester.

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On 31 December 1935, the first production Avro Anson performed its maiden flight; changes from the prototype included an enlarged horizontal tailplane and reduced Elevator span in order to improve stability.

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The structure of the Avro Anson was relatively straightforward and uncomplicated, relying on proven methods and robust construction to produce an airframe that minimised maintenance requirements.

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Avro Anson was powered by a pair of Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah IX seven-cylinder air-cooled radial engines, which were each rated at 350 horsepower.

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Avro Anson was the first aircraft equipped with retractable landing gear to enter service with the RAF.

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On 6 March 1936, the Avro Anson entered RAF service, No 48 Squadron was the first RAF unit to be equipped with the type.

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The Avro Anson had an endurance of only four hours, so that it could only be employed in the North Sea and other coastal areas; however, it lacked the range to reach the coast of Norway.

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The Avro Anson was used to train the other members of a bomber's aircrew, such as navigators, wireless operators, bomb aimers and air gunners.

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Postwar, the Avro Anson continued in the training and light transport roles.

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Main Avro Anson variant was the Mk I, of which 6,704 were built in Britain.

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