The Avro Anson, was originally designed as a coastal reconnaissance aircraft, and was derived from a 6-seat passenger airliner, the Anson 652. The design team was lead by Roy Chadwick, the designer of the Lancaster. The Anson ended up serving the RAF for over 30 years.

The 652 first flew on 7 July 1935, the early versions going to Imperial Airways (from 11 March) , who had originally commissioned it. Their original specification was for a four-seat passenger aircraft capable of cruising at 210 km/hr, and with a range of 670 km - a specification which the 652 comfortably exceeded. The 652 proved popular with Imperial Airways, with its cruising speed of 265 km/hr.

Currently being restored to its former glory by the team at Sunderland Aircraft Museum

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