Avro Tutor History
The Avro Tutor was a pilot training biplane aircraft designed by A.V. Roe's chief designer Roy Chadwick as a replacement for the RAF's aging Avro 504k biplane primary trainer. Like the older Avro 504 the Avro Tutor was a biplane design and was covered with doped linen, the airframe however was made from tubular steel rather than wood as had been used by it's predecessor.
Avro Tutor First Flight
The Avro Tutor's first flight was made in September 1929 piloted by Captain Harry Albert Brown, A.V. Roe's chief test pilot. The Avro Tutor entered RAF service in 1933 and had a total production run of 606 aircraft. At the outbreak of WW2 the Avro Tutor was replaced by cheaper and more basic aircraft such as the Tiger Moth that were more practical to build in great numbers.
Avro Tutor Users
The Avro Tutor aircraft, like it's predecessor, had good handling characteristics and was chosen as a primary trainer by numerous foreign air forces prior to WW2 including the Greek Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Irish Air Force, Polish Air Force, South African Air Force and of course Great Britain's Royal Air Force who operated 417 Avro Tutors.
Avro Tutor Floatplanes
Fifteen Avro Tutor biplane aircraft were produced as two-seater floatplanes, they were designated the Avro 646 Sea Tutor, five of these remained in RAF service at the outbreak of WW2.
Avro Tutor Specifications:
Crew: Pilot and trainee in tandem
Engine: Single 215/240-h.p. Armstrong Siddeley "Lynx IVC" engine
Gross weight: 2,548 lb (1,115 kg)
Wing span: 34 ft 0 in (10.37 m)
Length: 26ft 4.5 in (8.04 m)
Service ceiling: 16207 ft (4940 m)
Max speed: 122 mph (196 km/h).