Avro 706 Ashton
1950
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Avro 706 Ashton

Large research aircraft, six of which were built for the Ministry of Supply to act as test-beds for research into jet operations. The first made its maiden flight on 1 September 1950. Powered by four 2270kg Rolls-Royce Nene 5 and 6 engines.

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Avro 706 AshtonA three-view drawing (800 x 703)


Specification 
 ENGINE4 x 2270kg Rolls-Royce Nene 5 and 6
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight32688 kg72065 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan36.58 m120 ft 0 in
    Length27.28 m90 ft 6 in
    Height9.53 m31 ft 3 in
    Wing area132.02 m21421.05 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed707 km/h439 mph
    Cruise speed654 km/h406 mph

Comments
john diston, 14.11.2015

I actually flew in an Ashton while based at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. It would have bee c.1952.

David Webber, 22.09.2015

There was an abandoned Ashton on de Havilland's Hatfield site in the late 1960's

brian misselbrook, 03.03.2014

yes. as a young! schoolboy livtng at north bersted bognor regis on the edge of tangemere aerodrome in the very early 50

Tony Kerrison, 10.01.2014

The remains of an Ashton fuselage have recently featured on the RAF Forum (unofficial site). It resides at the Newark Aircraft Museum in Nottinghamshire.

Phil Copeland, 11.10.2013

From what I remember from my school boy memories the Ashton was an Avro Tudor with jet engines installed.

Duncan Ratcliffe, 26.01.2013

I am looking for information regarding Ashton test bed aircraft that my father flew in the late 1950's for RR. I have his personal flying log book 1956-63 and am looking for associated photographs or records for Avro Ashton, Lincoln with the nose mounted Tyne, Dakota's with Dart engines, Ambassador with Tynes, and others. Would love to corespond with anyone with records from that time.

Duncan Ratcliffe, 26.01.2013

I am looking for information regarding Ashton test bed aircraft that my father flew in the late 1950's for RR. I have his personal flying log book 1956-63 and am looking for associated photographs or records for Avro Ashton, Lincoln with the nose mounted Tyne, Dakota's with Dart engines, Ambassador with Tynes, and others. Would love to corespond with anyone with records from that time.

Matthew Kitchen, 15.09.2012

Yes; there was one Ashton preserved, Dermot; but just the fuselage.

Dermot Jordan, 28.08.2012

Was any Ashton preserved??

Dayton Robinson, 06.11.2007

I'm a docent at the Seattle Museum of Flight, and am currently preparing a lecture on Commercial Jet Transport Development for our Fall, '07, Docent Training Class. I'd appreciate having your approval for me to use of the photograph of the Avro 706 Ashton research aircraft.

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