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Avro 558

Avro 558

Manufacturer: A.V.Roe and Company Limited
First flight: 1923
Introduced: 1923
Number built: 2

The Avro 558 was a British single-engined ultralight biplane built by Avro at Hamble Aerodrome.

Design and development

The Avro 558 was designed for the 1923 light aircraft trials for single-seaters at Lympne Aerodrome. Two Avro 558 biplanes were built, they were biplanes powered by motorcycle engines (one with a B&H twin-cylinder air-cooled engine, the second with a 500 cc Douglas engine). The first aircraft was modified with a 698 cc (42.6 in) Blackburne Tomtit and both had modifications to the landing gear.

Operational history

The aircraft did not win the competition, but the second aircraft went on to establish a world record for its class of aircraft of 13,850 ft (4,220 m) over Lympne on 13 October 1923 . It is not known what happened to the two aircraft, they have not been reported since 1923.


United Kingdom


Data from Avro Aircraft since 1908

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.95 m)
Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
Height: ()
Wing area: 166 ft (15.42 m)
Empty weight: 294 lb (133 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 480 lb (218 kg)
Powerplant: 1x 500cc Douglas motorcycle engine, 18 hp (13 kW)


Service ceiling: 13,850 ft (4,221 m)

Comparable aircraft

Avro 560
Hawker Cygnet

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"The Light 'Plane Competitions at Lympne, Oct 8-13: Twenty-Eight Machines Entered". Flight: 602-611. 4 October 1923. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1923/1923%20-%200602.html.
Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. London: Putnam. ISBN 0 370 10006 9.
Jackson, A.J. (1990). Avro Aircraft since 1908. London: Putnam Aeronautical Books. ISBN 0-85177-834-8.

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