Avro 701 Athena
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Avro 701 Athena

Two-seat trainer designed (to Specification T.7/45) for advanced flying training, day and night navigation, gunnery, bombing and photography. It could also be used as a glider tug. Fifteen production aircraft built as T.2 gunnery trainers for the RAF Flying College, Manby, powered by the 954kW Rolls-Royce Merlin 35 engine.

Avro 701 AthenaA three-view drawing (800 x 595)

 MODELAthena T.Mk 2
 ENGINE1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin 35, 954kW
    Take-off weight4256 kg9383 lb
    Empty weight2966 kg6539 lb
    Wingspan12.19 m40 ft 0 in
    Length11.37 m37 ft 4 in
    Height3.94 m13 ft 11 in
    Wing area25.08 m2269.96 sq ft
    Max. speed472 km/h293 mph
    Cruise speed359 km/h223 mph
    Ceiling8840 m29000 ft
    Range885 km550 miles

Trevor Webb, 30.10.2014

The original Athena T. Mk 1 was a three seater with side by side seating with an observation seat behind. Only a couple(?) built powered by an A-S Mamba' In addition there was the T. Mk 1A powered by a R.R. Dart.

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