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"Avro" was short for A.V. Roe & Co., Ltd., of Manchester and Hamble. A. V. Roe's planes may have only played a small direct part in the history of WWI air combat, but the 504 played a larger part as a trainer, and of course (unlike many of its contemporaries) the Avro firm had a history lasting long after World War One.[1]

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. Bruce, p.36
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.