WOW155 – AVRO ‘RNAS’
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The Avro 504 was a two seater First World War biplane aircraft made
by the Avro aircraft company and under licence by others. Production during
the war totalled 8,970 and continued for almost 20 years, making it the
most-produced aircraft of any kind that served in WW1, in any military
capacity, during that conflict. More than 10,000 were built from 1913 until
production ended in 1932.
Small numbers of early aircraft were purchased by the Royal Flying Corps
(RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) prior to the start of the First
World War and were taken to France when the war started. One of these
aircraft was the first British aircraft to be shot down by the Germans, on
22 August 1914. The pilot was 2nd Lt. Vincent Waterfall and his navigator Lt
Charles George Gordon Bayly (both of 5 Sqn RFC). The RNAS used four 504s to
form a special flight in order to bomb the Zeppelin works at Friedrichshafen
on the shores of Lake Constance. Three set out from Belfort in north-eastern
France on 21 November 1914, carrying four 20 lb (9 kg) bombs each. While one
aircraft was shot down, the raid was successful, with several direct hits on
the airship sheds and the destruction of the hydrogen generating plant. This
hand carved 1/30 scale Mahogany model represents one of the RNAS aircraft
flown on that famous Zeppelin raid in 1914 and is priced at $499 which
includes worldwide shipping.
Limited to 10 pieces worldwide, comes with free figure GW074B pilot climbing
into aircraft as per the attached pictures.