Avro Aldershot

The Avro 549 Aldershot was a British single-engined bomber aircraft built by Avro. 


Avro Aldershot
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Avro
Production Period 1924 - 1925
Origin United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain)
Country Name Origin Year
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) 1922
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Avro 1924 1925 17 View

The Aldershot was designed to meet the 1920 British Air Ministry Specification 2/20 for an interim bomber design. In competition with the de Havilland Derby the ministry gave Avro a contract for two Aldershot I prototypes, both of which first flew at Hamble Aerodrome in 1922. As a result of test flying the original Rolls Royce Condor engine was replaced with the water-cooled Napier Cub and the fuselage was lengthened by 6 ft. One of the prototypes was converted to this standard as the Aldershot II. 

In 1923 the Air Ministry ordered 15 aircraft under the designation Aldershot III. The only operator of the aircraft was No. 99 Squadron RAF which formed on the 1 April 1924. The Aldershot was used for night flying, but by 1925 the Air Ministry had decided only to operate multi-engined bombers and the Aldershots were replaced by the Handley Page Hyderabad. 

The only Aldershot II was re-engined with an 850 hp (634 kW) Beardmore Typhoon I inline engine as the Avro 549C Aldershot IV for test flying.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 45 ft (13.72 m)
  • Wingspan: 68 ft (20.73 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 3 in (4.65 m)
  • Wing area: 1,064 ft (98.85 m)
  • Empty weight: 6,310 lb (2862 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 10,950 lb (4,967 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1x Rolls Royce Condor III, 650 hp (485 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 110 mph (177 km/h)
  • Range: 625 mi (1,006 km)
  • Service ceiling 14,500 ft (4,420 m)

Armament

  • 1 Lewis gun in rear cockpit, up to 2,000 lb (907 Kg) of bombs

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