List of Avro Aircraft Types

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Type

Name

Notes

Photograph

636

636

  • Dual purpose military biplane

  • Only four built and these went to the Irish Air Corps

Avro 636
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641

641 Commodore

  • Started life as a variant of the Avro Cadet

  • Only five built as it entered the market before this type of aircraft became popular in Britain

Avro 641 Commodore
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642

642 Eighteen

  • Development of the Avro Ten

  • Various uses including domestic flights, delivering British newspapers to France, and carrying bullion from Paris to London

Avro 642 Eighteen
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652 & 652A

652A Anson

  • More Ansons were built than any other Avro aircraft (11,020 units)

  • Prolific trainer of heavy bomber crews

  • Avro Anson G-AGPG 'Aggy Paggy' cockpit on display at the Avro Heritage Museum

Avro 652A Anson I
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679

679 Manchester

  • Twin-engined World War II bomber

  • Plagued by engine unreliability

  • Withdrawn from service in 1942

Avro 679 Manchester B.1A
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683

683 Lancaster

  • Legendary World War II heavy bomber

  • Delivered two-thirds of all bombs dropped over Europe by the RAF

  • Brought home British POWs and dropped food parcels when hostilities ceased

Avro 683 Lancaster B.I
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685

685 York

  • Used extensively during the Berlin airlift in 1949

  • Churchill used a York in VIP configuration called the Avalon

Avro 685 York
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688

688 Tudor Mk 1, 3, 4 & 8

  • First British pressurised airliner

  • Participated in the Berlin airlift

  • Two Tudor Mk 4's lost over the Atlantic in mysterious circumstances

  • Testbed for the Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet

Avro 688 Tudor I
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689

689 Tudor Mk 2, 5, 6 & 7

  • Designed as a large airliner but performed poorly during flight trials

  • Tudor 2 G-AGSU tragically crashed on 23rd August 1947, killing Roy Chadwick and test pilot S.A. Thorn

Avro 689 Tudor II
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691

691 Lancastrian

  • Developed from the Lancaster as an interim airliner

  • Ran Trans-Atlantic services

  • First aeroplane to circumnavigate the globe in less than a week

Avro 691 Lancastrian C.1
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