Avro 558


Avro 558

infobox Aircraft
name = Avro 558
type = Ultralight Biplane
manufacturer = A.V.Roe and Company Limited


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first flight = 1923
introduced = 1923
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The Avro 558 was a British single-engined ultralight biplane built by Avro at Hamble Aerodrome.

Design and development

The Avro 558 was designed for the 1923 "Daily Mail"-sponsored light-aeroplane trials for single-seaters at Lympne Aerodrome. Two Avro 558 biplanes were built, they were biplanes powered by motorcycle engines (one with a B&H twin-cylinder air-cooled engine, the second with a 500cc Douglas engine). The first aircraft was modified with a 698cc Blackburne Tomtit and both had modifications to the landing gear.

Operational history

The aircraft did not win the competition but the second aircraft went on to establish a world record for its class of aircraft of 13,850 ft (4,221 m) over Lympne on 13 October 1923 cite book |last= Jackson|first= A.J.|authorlink= |coauthors= |title= British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1|year= 1974|publisher= Putnam|location= London|isbn=0 370 10006 9 ] . It is not known what happened to the two aircraft, they have not been reported since 1923.

Operators

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pecifications

aircraft specification

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jet or prop?=prop

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crew=1
length main=21 ft 0 in
length alt= 6.40 m
span main=30 ft 0 in
span alt= 9.14 m
height main=
height alt=
area main=166 ft²
area alt= 15.42 m²
empty weight main=294 lb
empty weight alt= 133 kg
loaded weight main=
loaded weight alt=
max takeoff weight main=480 lb
max takeoff weight alt= 218 kg
engine (prop)=500cc Douglas
type of prop=motorcycle engine
number of props=1
power main=
power alt=
max speed main=
max speed alt=
range main=
range alt=
ceiling main= 13,850 ft
ceiling alt= 4,221 m
climb rate main=
climb rate alt=
loading main=
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References

*cite book |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title= The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985)|year= |publisher= Orbis Publishing|location= |issn=

External links

* [http://www.britishaircraft.co.uk/aircraftpage.php?ID=266 British Aircraft Directory]

ee also

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