Avro 581 Avian


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Avro 581 Avian

Wooden two-seat Avro 581 Avian powered by a 52kW Armstrong Siddeley Genet engine; built for the Lympne Trials. As the 581E powered by a 63kW Cirrus II engine, used by H. J. L. Hinkler for the first solo flight to Australia in 1928. In production with various engines as the Avro 594 in the UK and USA between 1927 and 1929. Replaced by the metal fuselage Avro 616 Avian IVM and Sports Avian variant in 1929, produced in small numbers in the UK, Canada and the USA. Two aircraft, named Southern Cross Junior and Minor, used by Kingsford Smith for the UK-Australia-UK attempts during 1930-31.

Avro 594 (first Avian IV)

 MODELAvro 581
 ENGINE1 x 70hp Armstrong Siddeley Genet
  Take-off weight726 kg1601 lb
  Empty weight316 kg697 lb
  Wingspan9.75 m32 ft 0 in
  Length7.39 m24 ft 3 in
  Height2.51 m8 ft 3 in
  Wing area27.31 m2293.96 sq ft
  Max. speed113 km/h70 mph

Robert J, Ruck, e-mail, 29.04.2015 07:06

I have a propeller that has been passed down from my father and I believe it to be from Amelia Erhart's Avro Avian.
Can you help. here is what is marked on the Propeller.
Avian Cerrus MKll R3 /AV / Dia. 6.75 FT Pitch4.25 ft.
Thanks, Bob


Frederic A. Jaques, e-mail, 19.12.2010 23:39

My father, Capt. F.C.R. Jaques, imported Avro Avian VH-UFY to Australia in 1928. It is now in the private collection of Greg Herrick in St. Paul, Mn. Lang Kidby found it in storage in 1987, restored it and flew it solo to from the UK to Australia to recreate Bert Hinkler's solo flight in 1928. In 2001 Greg Herrick then bought it and used it to recreate Amelia Earhart's flight across the USA in 1928.


GEORGE JENKS, e-mail, 10.09.2007 18:02

If Mr. Atkinson would like to send me details of markings on the prop boss, I will see if it can be identified.
George Jenks, Manager, Avro Heritage Centre, Woodford


Mr. Jack Atkinson, e-mail, 16.12.2006 13:22

I have a propellor which I am informed by RAF Museum Hendon may have been used in the mid thirties on a Avro Avian. 1933 and a number of references are on the boss. Any info on props used would be appreciated.


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