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Avro 534, 543 and 554 Baby

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Produced Variants

Type 534 Baby Single seat sports equal span, single bay biplane of wire braced fabric covered wooden construction, with 'comma' style rudder and no fin. One 35 h.p. Green powerplant.
 
Type 534A Water Baby Twin float seaplane version of Type 534 featuring a large curved fin.
Type 534B Baby As Type 534 with plywood covered fuselage and reduced span lower wing.
Type 534C Baby Racing version of Type 534 with reduced span on both wings.
Type 534D Baby Tropical version of type 534 built to the orders of Col. E. Villiers.
Type 543 Baby Two seat variant of type 534. One 60 h.p. ADC Cirrus I powerplant.
Type 554 Antarctic Baby Two seat photgraphic survey development of the projected Type 544. One 80 hp Le Rhone powerplant.


Projected Variants

Type 534E Type 534 with folding wings.
Type 534F Type 534 with 100 h.p. Lucifer powerplant.
Type 534G Type 534 with 60 h.p. ADC Cirrus I powerplant.
Type 544 Type 543 with 80 h.p. Le Rhone powerplant.


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Type 534 Baby

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C/n
Initial
Registration
Type
Notes
 9 aircraft built by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Hamble, Hants, between 1919 and 1922.
 none  none  534  Retained by Avro.
 534/1  K-131 / G-EACQ  534  Rebuilt after crashing 1920; sold to H.J. Hinkler in April and shipped to Australia, re-registered as G-AUCQ in 1921.
 534/2  G-EAPS  534A  Water Baby. Retained by Avro.
 534B/1  G-EAUG  534B  Retained by Avro. Flown to victory in the 1920 Aerial Derby.
 534C/1  G-EAXL  534C  Retained by Avro.
 5049  G-EAYM  534D  Original c/n 534D/1. To E.Villiers shipped to India and flown from Dum Dum, Calcutta.
 ??  none  534  See note 1
 5063    534  Shipped to Soviet Union for evaluation. Allotted serial '1'.
 5064    534  Flown to Soviet Union for evaluation with ferry registration G-EBDA. Allotted serial '2'.
Total Production   9



Type 543 Baby

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C/n
Initial
Registration
Notes
 1 aircraft built by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Hamble, Hants. First flew July 1920.
 543/1  G-EAUM  initially retained by A.V. Roe. To L.E.R. Bellairs and F.G. Miles, November 1927, who replaced the Green with a 60 h.p. ADC Cirrus I powerplant. New c/n 5062.
Total Production   1



Type 554 Antarctic Baby

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C/n
Initial
Registration
Notes
 1 aircraft built by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Hamble, Hants in 1921.
 5040  none  To Aerial Survey Co. Ltd., St.John's, Newfoundland. Not used by them and was operated by Capt.R.S. Grandy for Bowring Bros. Ltd. on wheels and skis.
     Registered G-EBFE for test flying at Hamble before delivery to Newfoundland.
Total Production   1



Production Summary

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All Aircraft By Type All Aircraft By Subtype
Type
Built New
Conv.
Canc'd
Total
 
Type
Built New
 Type 534
9
 
 
9
 
 Type 534
5
 Type 543
1
 
 
1
 
 Type 534A
1
 Type 554
1
 
 
1
 
 Type 534B
1
 
11
0
0
 
 
 Type 534C
1
           
 Type 534D
1
           
 Type 543
1
           
 Type 554
1
           
 
11


Notes
  1. One aircraft modified by H.G. Leigh in 1920. The original wing was replaced with a short, conventional, shoulder-mounted wing with full-span ailerons and above it was a forward staggered stack of six very narrow chord wings of about the same span as the lower wing. The provenance of this machine is unknown, but there were a number of unused airframes in store, so it was probably one of these that was used by Leigh. It is unknown if the machine actually flew.

Production References
  1. Avro Aircraft Since 1908, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 1965 & 1990)
  2. Soviet Aircraft and Aviation 1917-1941, Lennart Andersson (Putnam, 1994)

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