The final two-seat fighter derivative of the basic Avro
504 design, the Avro 527 was built for the RFC and
flown for the first time early in 1916 with a 150hp Sunbeam
Nubian eight-cylinder water-cooled engine. The
mainplanes, undercarriage and tail assembly were
basically similar to those of the Avro 504, but the fuselage
differed markedly from that of the earlier aircraft.
Proposed armament consisted of a single free-mounted
7.7mm Lewis gun in the rear cockpit. The
Avro 527 displayed a poor climb rate and the pilot's forward
view was seriously impaired by the twin exhaust
stacks of the Nubian engine. Only one prototype was
completed, and development was discontinued during
the course of 1916, a version with a longer-span wing, the 527A, being discarded at the same time.
| Wingspan||10.97 m||36 ft 0 in|
| Max. speed||166 km/h||103 mph|
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