William W. Whitson


ARVO 504

AVRO 504(Photographs reprinted by permission of the San Diego Air and Space Museum)

On November 21, 1914, an Avro 504 made the first bombing raid in history against the airship sheds at Friedrichshafen. Three of the planes were converted later to single seat fighter status and served as late as 1918.

In August, 1917, David Harrison's Squadron Commander of 56 Squadron, Major Smith Barry, returned to England to establish his famous School of Special Flying at Gosport to train advanced flying instructors. The Avro 504J became the standard trainer and was built in large numbers. Eventually, it would be used worldwide.


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