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Avro Anson

The Avro Anson is a British twin-engine, multi-role aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and numerous other air forces prior to, during, and after the Second World War. Named after British Admiral George Anson, it was originally designed for bombing and maritime reconnaissance, but was soon rendered obsolete in that role by the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley and Lockheed Hudson. Instead it proved valuable in training pilots for flying multi-engine bombers such as the Avro Lancaster.

The Anson was also used to train the other members of a bomber's aircrew such as navigators, bomb aimers, wireless operators and air gunners.

After World War II, the Anson continued in the training role and light transport role before finally being withdrawn from RAF service in 1968. The aircraft will be on display in the Air Tattoo's Cold War Zone.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

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Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

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Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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