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Avro Type D

 

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The type 'D' was designed by A. V. Roe, the aircraft was erected at Brooklands in March of 1911, it appears to have been powered by a 35HP Green engine and first flown on April 1st 1911 by C. Howard Pixton.

 

It is believed that six examples of the Type D of 1911, with its triangular shape fuselage, were manufactured. They were all different, including one example with a 60hp engine that was intended to compete in the Daily Mail Air Race, but suffered a prior accident. The Avro Type D was the company's first successful and (semi) production standard design.

 

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In England A.V.Roe & Co had put the first Type D on floats and it left the water on 18 November 1911 at Barrow-in-Furness using stepped floats, but dropped back into the water and was damaged. It flew successfully in April 1912, though always underpowered.
 
The fourth Type D was powered by a 45hp Green engine.
 
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November 1911

 

A float plane version at Cavendish Dock, Barrow-in-Furness, circa 1911, was flown by Commander Schwann, of HMS Hermione, carrying out early morning trials on the Roe biplane, which had been fitted with float attachments of his own invention.
 
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Schwann float attachments

 

Engine: 1 x 35hp Green / 1 x 45 hp Green / 1 x 35 hp Viale / 1 x 50 hp Issacson
Wingspan: 9.45 m / 31 ft 0 in
Length: 8.53 m / 28 ft 0 in
Height: 2.79 m / 9 ft 2 in
Empty weight: 158 kg / 350 lb
Loaded weight: 226 kg / 500 lb
Max. speed: 78 km/h / 48 mph
Range: 160 km / 100 miles
Seats: 3
Sesquiplane
Wingspan upper: 9.45 m / 31 ft 0 in
Wingspan lower: 7.0 m / 23 ft 0 in
Length: 8.53 m / 28 ft 0 in
Height: 2.79 m / 9 ft 2 in
Empty weight: 158 kg / 350 lb
Empty weight: 452 kg / 1000 lb
Max. speed: 78 km/h / 48 mph

 

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