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Avro Rota in Detail

Fuselage and Empennage

n text by Kai-Mikael Jää-Aro
n photos by Martin Waligorski



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During the war the Rotas were camouflaged in the Temperate Land Scheme of Dark Green and Dark Earth, but in the pre-war days they were only aluminium-doped. The fuselage is fabric-covered except for the nose section.
 

 




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Rota in profile. 
 

 




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The fixed main undercarriage. The tyres are unpatterned.
 

 




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Left undercarriage from behind.
 

 




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Close-up of the right mainwheel.
 

 




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The two cockpits seated in tandem, pilot in the back seat. Note the well-dimensioned foothold in the fuselage and the entrance hatch for the observer. What lies behind the hatch at the bottom of the fuselage is unknown.
 

 




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The tail section with the long and low tail fin. In the absence of wings a roundel is painted on the top surface of the fuselage, however there is no roundel on the bottom surface.

Note the steering mechanism for the tail wheel and the handle to lift the tail with when ground-handling.

 

 




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The tail from slightly in front and below. The V-strut supporting the stabilizer is shown to advantage.
 

 

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