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Avro 706 Ashton


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Originally titled Tudor 9, modifications to the Tudor airframe needed to produce the test beds were considerable enough to warrant a new name. Six Ashtons on order in 1950, which were built for the Ministry of Supply to act as test-beds for research into jet operations.

 

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The first made its maiden flight on 1 September 1950.
Powered by four 2270kg Rolls-Royce Nene 5 and 6 engines, the Ashton featured a nosewheel undercarriage which retracted forwards.

Engines: 4 x 2270kg Rolls-Royce Nene 5 and 6
Take-off weight: 32688 kg / 72065 lb
Wingspan: 36.58 m / 120 ft 0 in
Length: 27.28 m / 90 ft 6 in
Height: 9.53 m / 31 ft 3 in
Wing area: 132.02 sq.m / 1421.05 sq ft
Max. speed: 707 km/h / 439 mph
Cruise speed: 654 km/h / 406 mph

 

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