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Avro Tutor Military Trainer Aircraft

Designed in 1929 by Roy Chadwick at A.V.Roe and Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester, originally as a private venture, the Avro Model 621 with it's welded steel-tube structure was adopted as the standard trainer of the RAF and given the service name of Avro Tutor, it replaced the RAF's obsolete WW1 Avro 504 basic trainer. 795 Avro Tutor's were built, the majority were supplied to the RAF but significant numbers were operated by the RCAF, Danish Navy, SAAF and the Greek Air Force.

Avro Tutor Military Trainer Plane


As the RAF began to change it's biplane fighters to new monoplane designs like the Spitfire and Hurricane they began to replace their biplane elementary trainers with the more appropriate Miles Magister monoplane trainer, however, 200 Avro Tutor's were still in RAF service at the outbreak of WW2.

The last Avro Tutor to be operated by the RAF was K3215 and is the aircraft pictured above, it was struck off in December 1946 after serving with the RAF College at Cranwell, from 1933 to 1936 and later with the Central Flying School.


It is of note that the Avro Tutor made it's first public appearance at the Hendon air-show in June 1933 where RAF Avro Tutors gave an impressive aerobatic display, the aircraft had their wings painted in the distinctive red and white pattern as depicted in the pictures on this page.

Avro Tutor Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot and trainee in tandem
  • Engine: One 215/240-h.p. Armstrong Siddeley "Lynx IVC" engine
  • Gross weight: 2,548 lb (1,115 kg)
  • 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)

Avro Tutor Trainer

Avro Tutor Trainer

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