Avro 548

Specifications

1st Flight 1919

Crew: one pilot

Capacity: two passengers

Length: 29 ft 5 in (8.97 m)

Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)

Height: 10 ft 5 in (3.18 m)

Wing area: 330 sq ft (30.7 m2)

Empty weight: 1,338 lb (607 kg)

Gross weight: 1,943 lb (881 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Renault 80 hp air-cooled V-8 engine , 80 hp (60 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 80 mph (129 km/h, 70 kn)

Cruise speed: 65 mph (105 km/h, 56 kn)

Range: 175 mi (282 km, 152 nmi)

Rate of climb: 350 ft/min (1.8 m/s)

 

 

 

 

Variants

The Avro 548 was a civil trainer aircraft built in Britain after World War I.

Its design was based extensively on Avro’s 504 military aircraft, but it had an inline engine and a third seat.

The prototype, designated 545, first flew with a Curtiss OX-5 V-8 engine, but this proved impractical for the civil market on account of the engine’s weight and the complexity of its cooling system.

An air-cooled Renault engine was used instead, and the designation 548 applied to this configuration. 

545 – The 1st prototype, designated 545, had a Curtiss OX-5 V-8 engine.

548 – The 2nd prototype was fitted with an air-cooled Renault engine.

548A – The 3rd Prototype was 548A resulted when fitted with an ADC Airdisco engine.

38 aircraft were built in total.

7 – A.V.Roe and Co Ltd
11 – Aircraft Disposal Co Ltd
3 – Surrey Flying Services Ltd
7 – Henderson School of Flying Ltd
2 – Berkshire Aviation Co Ltd
4 – Canadian Aircraft Co Ltd
1 – Australia

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