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Registration Number: H7782

Name or Title: Aeroplane - Avro Baby

Classification: CH classification TRANSPORT Aviation avro baby

Brief Description: White painted small Avro bi-plane 'G-EACQ'. Wooden prop [length 2310mm], wood spars. Rubber tyres. A sign is riveted to each side of the nose. Speed gauge 6-26, air 4-16, oil 0-100lbs, altitude 0-16, oil thermometer 30-100. Engine: Green 35 h.p. (26 kW), water cooled four cylinder petrol engine, single overhead camshaft, single magneto ignition. Air-frame: Constructed of wood, wire and fabric, wing span 25 feet (7.6 m), length 20 feet (6.4 m).

Collection: Social History

Production Place: England

Production Date: 1919

Materials: Iron, metal, wood

Measurement : L7600 x W6400 x H2400mm

Signature/Marks: G-EACQ
A.V.Roe & C/L

History and Use: In this aircraft, the Avro Baby G-EACQ, Bert Hinkler attempted a solo flight from England to Australia in 1920. He set new standards in the use of a light aircraft in flying from London, crossing the Alps to Turin, Italy, and reaching Rome before abandoning the flight.

In 1921 the Avro Baby was shipped to Australia, and in April of that year Hinkler flew it from Sydney to his home town of Bundaberg, Queensland. This 1100 Km flight, which took 8 hours 40 minutes, further emphasised the potential of light aeroplanes as reliable transport.

The monogram on the rudder is that of Mr. J.J. Smith, who donated it to the Queensland Museum in 1970.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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