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Avro 549 Aldershot, 561 and 563 Andover

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Produced Variants

Type 549 Aldershot Mk.I
 
Four seat, 3 bay biplane long range heavy bomber to meet Specification DofR Type 4B (later Air Ministry Specification 2/20). Tubular steel fuselage with plywood and fabric covering. One 650 h.p. Rolls-Royce Condor III powerplant.
Type 549 Aldershot Mk.II As Mk.I with lengthened fuselage and 1000 h.p. Napier Cub powerplant.
Type 549 Aldershot Mk.III
 
 
Production version featuring the lengthened fuselage of the Mk.II with the Rolls-Royce Condor III powerplant of the Mk.I, along with strengthened undercarriage and additional fuel tanks. Possibly to Specification 10/23, although Avro may have had a new design to this spec [3].
Type 549M One Mk.III experimentally fitted with a set of steel wings.
Type 549 Aldershot Mk.IV As Mk.II with 850 h.p. Beardmore Typhoon I powerplant.
Type 561 Andover
 
Military transport and air ambulance based on the Aldershot with new passenger fuselage to meet Specification 29/23.
One 650 h.p. Rolls-Royce Condor III powerplant.
Type 563 Andover 12 passenger civil variant of Type 561.


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Type 549 Aldershot

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Serial Range
C/n
Type
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 2 aircraft ordered from A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Heath, Manchester, to contract 324861/20. Built at Manchester but erected at Hamble. Delivered in January and August 1922.
 J6852 - J6853    Mk.I  2      J6852 converted to the sole Aldershot Mk.II, later converted to the sole Aldershot Mk.IV
 1 aircraft converted by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Hamble, Hants. First flew in December 1922.
 (J6852)    Mk.II    (1)    Mk.I J6852 converted to the sole Aldershot Mk.II.
 3 aircraft ordered from A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Hamble, Hants, to contract 369334/22. Built at Manchester but erected at Hamble. Delivered between March and August 1924.
 J6942 - J6944    Mk.III  3      
 12 aircraft ordered from A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Hamble, Hants, to contract 375620/22. Built at Manchester but erected at Hamble. Delivered between June and December 1924.
 J6945 - J6956    Mk.III  12      J6952 converted to the sole Type 549M in March 1925.
 1 aircraft converted by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Hamble, Hants. First flew in January, 1927.
 (J6852)    Mk.IV    (1)    Mk.I J6852 converted to the sole Aldershot Mk.IV.
 
Total Production
17
 (2)
 
 



Type 561 Andover

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 3 aircraft ordered from A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Heath, Manchester, to contract 458918/23. First flew early 1924.
 J7261 - J7263    3      
 
Total Production
3
 
 
 



Type 563 Andover

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C/n
Initial
Registration
Notes
 1 aircraft built by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Heath, Manchester. First flew early 1925.
 5097  G-EBKW  Built to Air Ministry order. Leased to Imperial Airways Ltd. for cross-ehannel proving flights, but did not go into airline service. To RAF as J7264.
Total Production   1



Production Summary

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All Aircraft By Type and Mark
Type
Built New
Conv.
Canc'd
Total
 Type 549 Aldershot Mk.I
2
 
 
2
 Type 549A Aldershot Mk.II
 
(1)
 
1
 Type 549B Aldershot Mk.III
15
 
 
15
 Type 549C Aldershot Mk.IV
 
(1)
 
1
 Type 549M
 
(1)
 
1
 Type 561 Andover
3
 
 
3
 Type 563 Andover
1
 
 
1
 
21
(3)
0
 


Production References
  1. Avro Aircraft Since 1908, A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 1965 & 1990)
  2. Royal Air Force Aircraft J1 - J9999, RAF Aircraft Register Series (Air-Britain Publications, 1987)
  3. Aeromilitaria, 1996/2 (Air-Britain Publications)

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