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Avro 504

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Avro 504

Avro 504K
Description
Roletrainer, bomber, recconaissance
Crew2
First flight
Entered serviceJuly 1913
ManufacturerAvro
Dimensions
Length 29 ft 6 in 9.0 m
Wingspan 36 ft 11.0 m
Height 10 ft 5 in3.2 m
Wing area ft²
Weights
Empty 1230 lb560 kg
Loaded lb kg
Maximum takeoff lb kg
Capacity
Powerplant
EnginesGnôme Monosoupape rotary, Le Rhône rotary or Clerget 9B
Power 100, 110 or 130 hp75, 82 or 97 kW
Performance
Maximum speed 82, 95 or 94 mph132, 153 or 151 km/h
Combat range miles km
Ferry range miles km
Service ceiling ft m
Rate of climb ft/min m/min
Avionics
Avionics
Armament
GunsLewis gun
Bombs
Missiles
Rockets
Other

The Avro 504 was a World War I biplane aircraft made by the Avro aircraft company.

The first 504 was built in 1913. Production totalled 8,340 and continued for almost twenty years. It was used by both the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service as a trainer, bomber and recconaissance plane. The plane was withdrawn from frontline service in the summer of 1915 but remained the standard British trainer for the rest of the war.

The 504 was the first airplane to strafe troops on the ground as well as the first to make a bombing raid over Germany. It was also the first Allied airplane to be downed by enemy anti-aircraft fire.

The 504 is easily recognisable because of the single skid between the wheels.


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