1931 Avro Tutor

The Collection’s exhibit

This is one of the main production batch; it was used by the RAF College Cranwell and Central Flying School (CFS) and then as a communications aircraft. It was ‘demobbed’ in December 1946 and in February 1947 was restored to the Civil Register, as G-AHSA, to become part of the Darlington & District Aero Club fleet. It was later owned by Wing Commander Heywood at Burnaston, Derby and suffered crankshaft failure when taking part in the film Reach for the Sky. It was then bought by the Collection. The engine was rebuilt by Armstrong Siddeley at Coventry from the best parts of three non-working units.

In 1979 major engine problems resulted in the aircraft being grounded. A worldwide search failed to produce a suitable replacement engine so the existing Lynx was painstakingly rebuilt by a senior engineer. The cylinders were sent to the USA to be refurbished.

It was completely re-covered in 2005/6 and is now painted in CFS Aerobatic team colours as K3241. It is the sole survivor of its type.

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