An­son ap­pre­ci­a­tions

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As a pi­lot who flew an An­son Mk I many years ago, I read Dave Un­win’s ac­count of fly­ing the An­son Type XIX with in­ter­est. How­ever, I can­not rec­om­mend his ad­vice re­gard­ing pre­vent­ing take­off swing by lead­ing with the port throt­tle. The Chee­tah en­gine ro­tates anti-clock­wise, when viewed from the pi­lot’s seat, re­sult­ing in a ten­dency for the air­craft to swing to the right dur­ing take­off. Lead­ing with the port throt­tle will make this worse. Ian Statham, Chel­tenham

Dave Un­win replies: You might think that but, as you can see (fac­ing page), the Pi­lots Notes ac­tu­ally in­di­cate the op­po­site. Just to say thanks for the re­ally great is­sue that has just ar­rived with a su­perb range of ar­ti­cles. I es­pe­cially en­joyed the An­son ar­ti­cle as it brought back so many happy me­mories of 1950 when I was a young Na­tional Ser­vice­man serv­ing in the RAF with the British Air Force of Oc­cu­pa­tion in Ger­many with Trans­port Com­mand at RAF Bücke­burg. As well as our Dako­tas we had the BAFO Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Squadron fly­ing Avro An­sons and they al­ways wel­comed us from Air Move­ments so I en­joyed many hours with them. Nor­mally it would be a train­ing flight but oc­ca­sion­ally we got a long haul around Ger­many if they had an empty seat. My favourite Cap­tain was a Mas­ter Pi­lot who sensed my keen­ness to fly and taught me so much. On our last flight to­gether be­fore I was posted away, af­ter we had landed and shut down he turned to me and said “Young man, one day you will make great pi­lot” – was I thrilled! My last flight in an An­son was

in 1951. I was a mem­ber of the RAF Ocean Rac­ing team and we had sailed a hun­dred square me­tre yacht from Kiel to the UK to take part in the CowesDi­nard race. We were due to fly back to Ger­many from RAF Thor­ney Is­land in an An­son from Bücke­burg, how­ever when the Mas­ter Pi­lot saw all our kit he said the air­craft was over­loaded and he would not fly it. Our Wing Com­man­der then told him firmly that he would. As we were one seat short and I was the ju­nior rank I was sat on the floor with my back to the main spar and the kit piled on top to keep me safe. We had an in­ter­est­ing take­off from Thor­ney Is­land and an even more im­pres­sive one from RAF Tang­mere where we had landed for fuel. Still we made it safely back. David Hast­ings by email I am pleased to have just re­ceived my No­vem­ber is­sue here in France, and even more de­lighted to see the pho­tos of the Avro 19 mas­querad­ing as an An­son and to read Dave Un­win’s flight test. I could al­most smell the in­te­rior of An­son TX 219, in which I made my first flight as a thir­teen year old CCF cadet in 1957 at RAF Bass­ing­bourn. My main con­cern was that, hav­ing from the age of about five told ev­ery­one I was go­ing to be an RAF pi­lot, I might not in fact en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence. Hap­pily I loved ev­ery sec­ond, and nine years later I was back at Bass­ing­bourn, via the RAF Col­lege, as a stu­dent on 231 OCU learn­ing to fly the Can­berra. Thank you Pi­lot, and Dave, for bring­ing back a 61-year-old mem­ory. Keep up the good work. Ian Gawn by email I was in­trigued on read­ing the start­ing se­quence for the An­son (‘the mags are only turned on af­ter the en­gine fires’) fol­low­ing ref­er­ence to ‘af­ter press­ing the ig­ni­tion boost but­ton’. I as­sume this refers to ‘shower of sparks’ start­ing, but my un­der­stand­ing is that the shower of sparks and the tim­ing of same is ac­tu­ally pro­vided via one of the two mag­ne­tos? So, ef­fec­tively, one of the mag­ne­tos is ac­tu­ally used ini­tially? An ex­pla­na­tion of how this sys­tem works would be of in­ter­est to this reader (and per­haps many oth­ers). Dave Scott by email The shower of sparks is pro­vided by a sep­a­rate trem­bler or buzzer box, in­de­pen­dent of the mags – Ed

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