"Old Lady In a New Dress"

Avro Anson V redesigned to meet Canadian conditions. completes evolution from prewar light bomber to avigation trainer for RCAF and RAF.

Now going into production at Federal Aircraft in Canada is the Avro Anson V, newly accepted twin-engine avigation trainer which was developed from the Anson II that had been used as a transition trainer by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Principal changes are in the fuselage and in substitution of 300-hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engines for the now difficult-to-obtain British-built Cheetahs. Mid-section of the fuselage is of plastic-bonded plywood of improved streamlined shape in place of the former tubular glass-enclosed structure. In addition to improved performance, the use of plywood is expected to facilitate production as well as to make material savings in strategic materials.

These changes have been brought about by dual factors: A change in the Anson's function and the need to conserve both materials and man-hours. Prime duty of the Anson II was dual flight training with crews of two or three on local flights; today's version is used almost exclusively as an avigation trainer, carrying a crew of four or five on three to four-hour flights.

Comparative specifications and performance data follow:

Anson VAnson II
High speed200 mph180 mph
Cruising speed120-165 mph120-140 mph
Landing speed66 mph63 mph
Stalling (without flaps)73 mph70 mph
Rate of climb (sea level)1,600 ft/min1,000 ft/min
Gross weight8,500 lb7,650 lb

This article was originally published as a "Flying Equipment" feature in the November, 1943, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 42, no 11, p 226.
The original article includes 3 photos: early Anson from 4 o'clock, Anson V from 2 o'clock, Anson V interior.
Photos are not credited.