AVRO 510


1st Flight 1914

Crew: 1

Capacity: 1

Length: 38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)

Wingspan: 63 ft 0 in (19.20 m)

Wing area: 564 sq ft (52.4 m2)

Empty weight: 2,080 lb (943 kg)

Gross weight: 2,800 lb (1,270 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Sunbeam Crusader V-8 water-cooled piston engine, 150 hp (110 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller


Maximum speed: 70 mph (110 km/h, 61 kn)

Endurance: 4 hours 30 minutes

Time to altitude: 41⁄2 minutes to 1,000 ft (305 m)


Only 6 aircraft were built for the Royal Navy, these proved inefficient and were removed from service.

The Avro 510 was a two-seat racing seaplane designed by Avro to compete in the 1914 Circuit of Britain Race.

It was a conventional two-bay biplane of greatly uneven span, equipped with two large central floats and two outriggers.

The race was called off at the outbreak of the First World War, but the British Admiralty was aware of the type and ordered five examples, with modified floats and tail.

In service, these proved completely unsuitable, and it was discovered that with a second person aboard, the aircraft could barely fly.

In October 1915, the 510s in service were sent to Supermarine for modification and improvement, but by March the following year all were removed from service.

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