Avro Anson MK1

For today's addition to the series, we look at another airliner that was modified for military purposes. This time the aircraft was made by Avro, the same manufacturer that would go on to make the Lancaster.

Originally, thought of as an option to serve alongside the flying boats as a reconnaissance aircraft, the first prototype flew in 1935. But with the pace of development in the aircraft industry, by the outbreak of war it became clear that it was not suitable for front line rolls.

For the remainder of the war and on into the late sixties, this aircraft served the RAF as a multi engine trainer. Becoming a mainstay of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. After the war this plane also became a popular light transport in the civilian sector.                  

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