The British Aircraft Industry – The Avro Aircraft Company
Author: Roy Evans
A series of books that cover the British Aircraft Industry in the Twentieth Century. From young men interested in ballooning or making model aircraft, they developed aircraft for wartime and passenger transport.
Alliot Verdon Roe was the first Englishman to fly an all British manufactured aeroplane in 1909. He formed his own company, A.V.Roe Aircraft Co.
Perhaps the biggest contribution Roy Chadwick, Avro’s designer, made to the company, was designing the Lancaster. This four engined heavy bomber was one of the major aircraft in Bomber Command, and after the war, Air Chief Marshal A Harris said it would have been difficult to carry out the bombing campaign against Germany, if it had not been available.
In the immediate post war ‘atomic’ period, Avro designed the Vulcan ‘Delta’ winged bomber. This aircraft entered service wit the RAF in 1956 and flew until 1984, with its famous raid on the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Author: Roy Evans has been a keen amateur military historian for forty years, studying the United States 8th Army Air Force, when he lived in East Anglia and more recently whilst living in Northamptonshire, Royal Air Force Bomber Command. Roy is a member of several organisations, supporting the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association for the last twenty five years and also the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby.
As a member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society for several years he regularly attends their meetings. He is the Retford U3A Group Leader for their Military History Group and is a regular speaker at their monthly meetings.
He has also written a number of books and has had a number of works published in specialist aviation magazines. He is a regular contributor to the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association’s journal ‘Memorial Flight’.