Alliott Verdon-Roe built his first aircraft at Brooklands, near Weybridge, first short flights were made on June 8, 1908, and soon thereafter Roe moved to Hackney Marshes for a short period.
On January 1, 1910 A.V. Roe & Company was founded (the first company to be registered as an aircraft manufacturer) and moved to Wembley Park, Middlesex.
The company established a factory in Manchester in 1911 and from than the company products were marketed under the trade name Avro.
In January 1913 the company was registered as A.V.Roe & Company, Limited and kept using the trade name Avro.
On March 23, 1916 A.V.Roe & Co., Ltd. was one of 40 companies forming the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC).
In 1920 Crossley Motors bought 60% of the shares.
In 1928 control passed to the Armstrong Siddeley Development Co., Ltd., the company continued to operate under the name A.V. Roe & Co., Ltd. and kept using the trade name Avro.
Alliott left the company and with S.E. Saunders formed Saunders-Roe Limited of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
In 1935 A.V.Roe & Co., Ltd., became part of the Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Co., Ltd., after the amalgation of the Armstrong Siddeley Development Co., Ltd., and the Hawker Aircraft Co., Ltd., but continued operating as A.V. Roe & Co., Ltd. with the trade name Avro.
In July 1945 A.V.Roe & Co., Ltd. bought the Victory Aircraft, Ltd., from the Canadian Government and the new A.V. Roe Canada, Ltd. company operated under the trade name Avro Canada.
In 1955 A.V. Roe Canada, Ltd. became member of the Hawker Siddeley Group.
In 1962 A.V. Roe Canada, Ltd. was purchased by the de Havilland of Canada, Ltd., and the names A.V. Roe Canada, Ltd. and Avro Canada disappeared.
On July 1, 1963 the A.V. Roe & Co., Ltd. company name (and the trade name Avro) disappeared as it, together with the Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft, Ltd., became part of the Avro Withworth Division of Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Ltd. Subsequently all aircraft in production, known previously under the individual company names, became Hawker Siddeley products.
(The name Avro reappeared in 1993 when British Aerospace (into which Hawker Siddeley merged in 1977) centered its Regional-jet manufacturing at Woodford, UK (a site in use by A.V. Roe since 1925), under the name of BAe Regional Aircraft Ltd., Avro International Aerospace Division, to manufacture the Avro RJ range (sometimes referred to as the Avroliner), upgraded versions of the British Aerospace BAe 146 series. The name Avro International disappeared on January 1, 2001.)
The tables below show only the flown Avro aircraft in chronological order.
A.V. Roe (Avro)
Type D Hydro-biplane
Type E (500)
Type Es (502)
Type H (503)
Type J (506)
500 (Type E)
502 (Type Es)
503 (Type H)
506 (Type J)
528 Silver King
566 Avenger I
567 Avenger II
572 Buffalo II