Avro 530

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Avro 530
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Role Fighter
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Avro
First flight 1917
Number built 2

The Avro 530 was a British two-seat fighter biplane designed in 1916 to compete with the Bristol F.2A. The plane itself was designed in 1916, but not flown until July 1917. It was of wooden construction with fabric skinning, powered by a 200 hp (150 kW) Hispano-Suiza engine.

Operational history[edit]

Although performance of the Avro 530 proved to be good, it did not improve sufficiently on the Bristol F.2A and as such no production orders were issued. Another issue was that priority for the Hispano-Suiza engines which powered the 530 was being given to the S.E.5a. In 1918, a second 530 was fitted with a 200 hp (150 kW) Sunbeam Arab engine, but development was subsequently abandoned.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m)
  • Wing area: 325.5 ft² (30.23m²)
  • Empty weight: 1,695 lb (769 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 2,680 lb (1,216 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 8Bd eight-cylinder water-cooled engine, 200 hp (149 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 114 mph (183 km/h) 102 mph (164 km/h) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)
  • Time to 10,000 ft: 15 minutes
  • Endurance: 4 hours

Armament

Bibliography[edit]

  • William Green and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Colour Library Direct, Godalming, UK: 1994. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.