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SOLE SURVIVOR FOR SALE! This stunning early WW-II bomber is the sole airworthy survivor of the very distinctive Avro Anson Mk.I, an aircraft of massive significance to the British Commonwealth at the beginning of World War Two.

A total of 11,020 Ansons were subsequently built, however most of the wartime era Ansons have been lost to the ravages of time. Only this example has been lovingly restored over an intensive decade long mission, to return her not just to pristine airworthy condition, but to 1940 RAF service stature right down to every internal detail.

This magnificent aircraft, one of only five active WW-II RAF-type multi-engined bombers still operating worldwide, has thrilled audiences at airshows throughout New Zealand, won numerous restoration awards, and even hosted Royalty!

The aircraft is now reluctantly offered for sale in full airworthy condition, having just completed a deep 10 year inspection, and with a very large inventory of spares to support her active flying life well into the future.


*  This aircraft has very good performance for its era, the overhauled supercharged Cheetah IX  engines are each rated at 410 hp each (when running on 100 octane fuel) up considerably from the 350 horsepower rating when running on 87 octane in wartime use. 

*  The aircraft is a great performer, and at lighter gross weights (rather than the full military overload that was common in WW2) will climb adequately on just one engine.

*  At its first airshow demonstration at the Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow, the aircraft attracted a standing ovation of 50,000 people.

*  When it was restored in 2012, it was the winner of the FlyPast Magazine ''Most significant warbird restoration of the year" poll.

*  In a decade of flying, it has never missed an airshow due to unserviceability, and its popularity with the public has kept it in high demand for events.

*  Towards the end of World War 2, Roy Chadwick - Avro’s chief designer - developed a plan to replace the Anson’s wooden wing and tail plane with metal units based on a scaled down Lancaster design. This little known retro-fit of metal wings and metal tailplane is a legitimate conversion (Avro mod. 703/704) and was carried out on this Anson in 1961 after all the remaining wooden wing Ansons were grounded due to the risk of glue failure in their joints. 

*  As a globally significant warbird, it has appeared on the cover of most international warbird magazines.

*  Fitted with a Holmsly Smoke System, it provides a significant plume from both engines to add to its airshow presence and can be made to smoke from a single engine to simulate combat encounters. 

* This Anson is one of only a handful of British Bomber types from World War Two still flying. The type saw extensive front line service during the first eighteen months of the war with Coastal Command as a coastal reconnaissance bomber. During the Battle of Britain, among their other duties of anti-submarine and convoy protection, Ansons were tasked to bomb the French ports where the Germans were assembling their invasion barges.

*This aircraft [MH 120] has been refitted with its fully functioning Armstrong Whitworth mid upper gun turret complete with an accurate replica Lewis Mk ll machine Gun. 

*The Bomb bays in the rear of the centre section of the wing have been refurbished and are fully operational. Replica bombs have been dropped at several Airshows around New Zealand during airfield attack scenarios.

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  • Wingspan:
    17.52 m (57 ft 6 in) 
  • Length:
    12.88 m (42 ft 3 in)
  • Height:
    4.1 m (13ft 6 in)
  • Wing area:
    40.8 m² (440ft)
  • Max speed at 1,525 m (5,000 ft):
    296 km/h (184 mph)
  • Cruising speed at 1,525 m (5,000 ft):
    256 km/h (159 mph)
  • Initial rate of climb:
    304 m/min (1000 ft/min)
  • Ceiling:
    6,400 m (21,000 ft)
  • Range with max fuel and 91 kg (200lb) bomb load at 256 km/h (159 mph):
    1,078 km (670 miles)
  • Range at 201 km/h (125 mph):
    with 50 min reserve 1,320 km (820 miles) With 40 gal long range tank fitted
  • Fuel capacity:
    636 litres (140 Imp gals)
  • Take-off distance to 15 m (50 ft):
    480 m (1,575 ft)
  • Empty weight:
    2,811kg (6199 lb)
  • Max loaded weight:
    3855 kg (8500 lb)
  • Power Plant:
    Two 410hp Cheetah IX supercharged seven-cylinder air-cooled radial engines