Rolls Royce Avon

The Engine On Display

The Museum has two Avons on display, one next to its GAF Canberra, and originally part of this aircraft. The origins of the other Avon are not stated. The Wikipedia entry (See References) indicates that, since the two engines possess eight separate combustion chanbers rather than one annular chamber, they are early marks.

Type / History

Type Axial-flow turbojet engine
Manufacturer Rolls Royce
Introduced 1950
Primary users RAF, Swedish Air Force, RAAF.
Number built over 11,000

The Avon was without doubt one of Rolls Royce's most successful engines, powering numerous military and civilian aircraft over its production lifetime from 1950 to 1974. It was the company's first axial-flow jet engine.

Military aircraft which used the Avon include the English Electric Canberra and Lightning, the Hawker Hunter, De Havilland Sea Vixen and Vickers Valiant, the Swedish Lansen and Draken fighters, and the Australian license-built CA-27 Sabre. It also powered the first two commercial jet transports, the de Havilland Comet and Sud Aviation Caravelle.


Model 101 203 301R


6,500 lb (29 kN) 10,050 lb (44.7 kN) 12,690 lb dry (56.45 kN) /
16,360 lb (72.77 KN) with reheat
Weight:     2,890 lb (1,309 kg)