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World War One: Avro 504k

Avro 504k replica D8781, was built several years ago by AJD Engineering in the UK, and until 2001 was stored at Duxford. The aircraft arrived in New Zealand in mid-October 2002 and was based at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton for several years before being damaged during a take-off incident.


Originally designed in 1913 by Alliot Verdon-Roe (founder of the A.V. Roe aircraft company), the Avro 504 was one of the Royal Flying Corps primary service aircraft in the early stages of the First World War.

Avro 504k At OmakaThe Avro 504 was the first aircraft (type) to be used to strafe troops on the ground, and it also has the dubious honour of being the first British aircraft to have been shot down by enemy ground fire.

At the beginning of the war, the Royal Naval Air Service used the 504 to conduct the first long-range strategic bombing mission. On the 21st of November 1914, three Avro 504's, carrying four 20lb bombs each, followed the Rhine (but avoided neutral Switzerland), and successfully bombed the Zeppelin works at Freidrickshaven on the shores of Lake Constance in southern Germany.

While the type was relatively maneuverable, and flew well, better aircraft soon replaced it in combat, and it was relegated to the role of standard trainer, where it remained for the duration of the war.

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