Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Avro Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft

Canadian Warplanes of the Biplane Era,

Avro Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft

Data current to 7 Dec 2018.

Avro 504, UK, 1917.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3387974)

Avro 504K, G-CYEI in flight.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro 504K, G-CYEI.  (RCAF Photos)

 

Avro 504K, Toronto, 1918.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3387973)

Avro 504K, Toronto, 1918.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3387972)

Avro 504N Lynx on skis.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadian Vickers-built Avro 504NS, Jericho Beach, British Columbia, 8 May 1928.  (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, CVA 99-1802)

Avro 504K (Serial No. D8971), C-CYC, C-GYCK, on loan to the BBMM.  This Avro 504K was manufactured in 1918 by the Grahame-White Aviation Company Limited of London, England. The aircraft's early history is unknown, beyond the fact that it was owned by a number of people.  In 1961, this aircraft was purchased by Major James S. Appleby of Torrance, California, who restored much of its fuselage.  Appleby later sold it to the RCAF.  It was flown on a Lockheed CC-130 Hercules cargo plane to Trenton, Ontario, where it was restored by the No. 6 Repair Depot.  Restoration took place between May and October 1966. The aircraft was finished in the markings G-CYCK: one of the original Canadian Air Force 504Ks, which was accepted in November 1920 and crashed a year later.  This 504K was flown by RCAF pilots during the Centennial Flying Displays presented across Canada in 1966–1967. The aircraft was transferred to the Museum by the Canadian Armed Forces in March 1968, where it was kept in flying condition and flown on special occasions. It is currently on loan to Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario.  (CA&SM)

 (Author Photos)

Avro 504K (Serial No. 2353), G-CYFG, (H2453).  Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.  This Avro 504K was manufactured in 1918 by A.V. Roe and Company Limited (Avro) in the United Kingdom. It passed through the hands of several American owners, including James H. "Cole" Palen of Rhinebeck, New York, who purchased it from the Roosevelt Field Historical Aviation Museum in 1951 and used it in flying exhibitions.  The RCAF purchased the aircraft from Palen in 1961 and later restored it. It was used in RCAF air demonstrations in 1967 before it was retired to the RCAF's historic aircraft collection. Transferred to the Museum in 1968, it is one of several rotary-engine aircraft in the collection.  (CA&SM)

Avro 504K Lynx, with J-4 Engine, Canadian Vickers Ltd, 8 July 1925.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3552605)

Avro 504K Lynx, with J-4 Engine, Canadian Vickers Ltd, 8 July 1925.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3552604)

Avro 504K, (Serial No. B3243).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585192)

Avro 504K (62), Reg. Nos. G-CYAA, G-CYAC, G-CYAI, G-CYAL, G-CYAM, G-CYAP (later Serial No. 44), G-CYAQ (later Serial No. 2), G-CYAR (later Serial No. 1), G-CYAS, G-CYAT, G-CYAU, G-CYAV (later Serial No. 50), G-CYAW, G-CYAX (later Serial No. 14), G-CYBD, G-CYBG, G-CYBH, G-CYBK, G-CYBL (later Serial No. 53), G-CYBM (later Serial No. 52), G-CYBR, G-CYBS, G-CYBZ, G-CYCA, G-CYCB, G-CYCD (later Serial No. 51), G-CYCH, G-CYCI, G-CYCJ, G-CYCK, G-CYCL, G-CYCM, G-CYCR, G-CYCS, G-CYCT, G-CYCU, G-CYCS (later Serial No. 3), G-CYCY, G-CYCZ, G-CYDA (later Serial No. 13), G-CYEE, G-CYEG, G-CYEH (later Serial No. 54), G-CYEI (later Serial No. 4), G-CYFE, G-CYFF  (later Serial No. 15), G-CYFG (later Serial No. 5), G-CYFH (later Serial No. 6), G-CYFI, G-CYFJ (later Serial No. 7), G-CYFK, G-CYFL, G-CYFM, G-CYFN, G-CYFO, G-CYHA, G-CYHC (later Serial No. 49), G-CYHD, H9552, H9554, H9557, H9733), Avro 504N Gosport (35) Reg. Nos. G-CYAR, (later Serial No. 1, see the K variant), G-CYAQ (later Serial No. 2, see the K variant), G-CYAV (later Serial No. 50, see the K variant), G-CYBL, (later Serial No. 53), G-CYBM (later Serial No. 52), G-CYCD (later Serial No. 51, see the K variant), G-CYCX (later Serial No. 3, see the K variant) G-CYEH (later Serial No. 54, see the K variant), G-CYEI (later Serial No. 4, see the K variant), G-CYFG (later Serial No. 5, see the K variant), G-CYFH (later Serial No. 6, see the K variant), G-CYFJ (later Serial No. 7, see the K variant), G-CYFY (later Serial No. 8), G-CYFZ (later Serial No. 9), (Serial No. 13) ex G-CYDA (Serial No. 14), ex G-CYAX (Serial No. 15), ex G-CYFF (Serial Nos. 32-43), (Serial No. 44), ex G-CYAP (Serial No. 45), ex G-CYAT (Serial No. 46), ex G-CYAU (Serial No. 47), ex G-CYFL (Serial No. 48), ex G-CYFN (Serial No. 49), ex G-CYHC, for a total of 97 aircraft of all Marks.

 

Avro 552A Wright TS Patrol AWS floatplane (Serial No. G-CYGK), RCAF.  None are preserved in Canada.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Avro 552A Wright TS Patrol AWS Seaplane (1) Registration G-CYCK, (later Serial No. 12).

 

Avro 552A Viper SS Patrol, RCAF.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

 

Avro 552A Viper SS Patrol, RCAF (Serial No. G-CYGI), Cormorant Lake, Manitoba, 1925.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388048)

Avro 552A Viper SS Patrol, RCAF (Serial No. G-CYGI), 1925.  None are preserved in Canada.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388049)

Avro 552A Viper, RCAF (Serial No. G-CYGC), Cormorant Lake, Manitoba, ca 1926.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388051)

Avro 552A Viper, RCAF (Serial No. G-CYGC), Cormorant Lake, Manitoba, ca 1926.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388050)

Avro 552A Viper, RCAF (Serial No. G-CYGC), Victoria Beach, Manitoba, ca 1925.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643592)

Avro 552A Viper SS Patrol AVL (5) Reg. Nos. G-CYFT – G-CYFX, Avro 552A Viper TS Patrol AVS (9) Reg. Nos. C-CYGB – G-CYGJ, for a total of 14 aircraft.

Avro Avian Mk. IVM, CF-CEW, Ottawa Flying Club, 1938.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545886)

Avro Avian Mk. IVM, CF-CEW, Ottawa Flying Club, 1938.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545898)

 

 (Author Photos)

Avro 616 Avian Mk. IVM, RCAF (Serial No. 137), R3, C/N 316, CF-CDV, ex-Calgary Flying Club.  Reynolds Air Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

Avro 616 Avian Major.

Avro 616 Avian Mk. IVM Minor (11), (Serial Nos. 92-101), A129, ex CF-CFH, Avian Mk. IVM Major (18), (Serial Nos. 125-138, 141-144), for a total of 29 aircraft.

Avro 621 Tutor, RCAF (Serial No. 187), No. 111 (CAC) Sqn, RCAF, 9 June 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3198994)

Avro Tutor, (Serial No. 188), 19 Sep 1939, Ottawa.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3642468)

Avro Tutor, RCAF No. 7 Sqn, PO Stuart and PO Reeves, 31 July 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581401)

Avro Tutor, 19 Sep 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581425)

Avro 621 Tutor (7), (Serial Nos. 184-189, 224).

 

Avro 626 Prefect, RCAF (Serial No. 268).  None have been preserved in Canada.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro 626 Prefect, RCAF (Serial No. 226), ca 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3241746)

Avro 626 Prefect (12), (Serial Nos. 225-227, 266-274).