Avro Anson Cockpit
G-AGPG 'Aggy Paggy'
The Avro Anson was an extremely successful multi-role aircraft which sold well throughout the Commonwealth. In total 11,020 Ansons were built during a production run which lasted from 1935 to 1952, more than any other type of Avro aircraft. Originally designed as a small passenger aircraft, the Anson was developed for military use and first entered service with the RAF as a maritime reconnaissance aircraft. It was used extensively during the Second World War to train the crews of the RAF's heavy bombers and excelled in this role.
Built in 1945 as the prototype for the Mk XIX, Avro Anson G-AGPG was initially used by Avro as a company 'hack' aircraft. During this time it was known affectionately as 'Aggy Paggy', a reference to its civil registration letters AGPG. In 1961 it was sold to Skyways Coach Air who in turn sold it to Ecko Electronics in 1967. It was at this time that Aggy Paggy was used as the testbed for the Concorde E320 weather radar system, which was housed in the newly fitted bulbous radome.
The cockpit is on display in the main exhibition hall and visitors can step inside the rear portion of the fuselage.