Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force on 12th May, 1941. Became VH-ASM in May 1947. Cancelled as withdrawn in 1962 due to glue deterioration. Acquired by the Royal Air Force Museum in 1996 and displayed at Hendon on a Queen Mary trailer
This Avro Rota was one of twelve built by Avro in 1934 and 1935. The type was a licence built Cierva C-30A and it was intended for Army co-operation but they were later used for calibration of coastal radar for which their low flying speed made them eminently suitable
This light bomber was used at the end of WWI but with poor results due to it being underpowered and by 1920 they had been withdrawn from RAF service. Many were then gifted to Commonwealth countries. The nose carries the legend 'Presented by His Highness the Nizam of Hyderabad. Hyderabad No12a.' During WWI a whole Squadron, No 152, had been gifted to the RAF by the Nizam.
The Fokker D.VII was the outstanding fighter aircraft of WWI, unique in tat it had a metal tube fuselage rather than the all wood prevelant at the time. This example is probably ex OO-AMY, later OO-UPP abandoned at Ostend in 1918. It was brought to the UK in 1938 as part of the Nash Collection. Purchased by the Ministry of Defence in 1992 and allocated RAF maintenance serial 8207M, it was donated to the Museum in 2004. A magnificent exhibit, one of six remaining aircraft of the type