|National origin||United Kingdom|
|Manufacturer||A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd.|
|First flight||April 1915|
The Avro 508 was a prototype British reconnaissance aircraft of the 1910s.
The Avro 508 was built at Avro's Manchester works in December 1913 and assembled at Brooklands in January 1914. First exhibited in Manchester in January 1914, the 508 was a wooden fabric-covered pusher biplane of unusual shape, resembling a back-to-front Avro 504. Its top and bottom three bay wings were equal in length, made of fabric-covered wood.
It was completed by March 1914, and shown at the Olympia Aero Show in London, however its first flight was at the start of official testing in April 1915 at Brooklands. The Royal Flying Corps showed no interest in the sole prototype and therefore the aircraft lived out the rest of its days as a training aircraft and engine tester at RAF Hendon, until it was dismantled in April 1916.
Data from Avro Aircraft since 1908
- Crew: 2
- Length: 26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)
- Wingspan: 44 ft 0 in (13.41 m)
- Height: 10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
- Wing area: 468 sq ft (43.5 m2)
- Empty weight: 1,000 lb (454 kg)
- Gross weight: 1,680 lb (762 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Gnome Monosoupape 7 Type A , 80 hp (60 kW)
- Maximum speed: 65 mph (105 km/h; 56 kn)
- Endurance: 41⁄2 hr
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- Jackson 1990, p.134.
- Jackson 1990, p.135.
- "The Olympia Exhibition: The Exhibits: Avro (A.V. Roe & Co.)". Flight, 21 March 1914. pp. 295–297.
- Jackson, A.J. Avro Aircraft since 1908. London:Putnam, 1990. ISBN 0-85177-834-8.