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    Here is a nice shot of an Avro 504K flying at Old Warden in the UK.
    Looks like it's in RNAS colours.

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    Great photo that illustrates perfectly the fragility of those planes. The first RFC plane to be shot down on the 22nd of August 1914 was a 504. Does anyone know if they shot anything down?

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    Lovely photo!

    I'm struck by how'yellow' the ribs and fuselage cage appears in that lighting, against the CDL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gully_raker View Post
    ...Looks like it's in RNAS colours.
    Lovely pic - looks like a nightfighter Baz - Lewis overwing - quick check on their site reveals all:
    Built in 1918 as a K variant, this aircraft was one of those converted to a radial engined 504N while in RAF service. Later it passed into civilian ownership and was registered as G-ADEV. In 1940 it was impressed into military service and took part in glider towing experiments. After WWII it was returned to civilian use and converted back to K specification by Avro apprentices for the film Reach for the Sky – and then donated to Shuttleworth.
    As part of the continuing maintenance programme at Old Warden the aircraft was completely overhauled during 2010 and since March 2011 has been presented in the night fighter configuration of a 77 Squadron machine based at East Lothian in late 1918.
    https://www.shuttleworth.org/collection/avro504k/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4nPETKHZ7s
    Saw it in Reach for the Sky just the other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Lovely pic - looks like a nightfighter Baz - Lewis overwing - quick check on their site reveals all:
    Built in 1918 as a K variant, this aircraft was one of those converted to a radial engined 504N while in RAF service. Later it passed into civilian ownership and was registered as G-ADEV. In 1940 it was impressed into military service and took part in glider towing experiments. After WWII it was returned to civilian use and converted back to K specification by Avro apprentices for the film Reach for the Sky – and then donated to Shuttleworth.
    As part of the continuing maintenance programme at Old Warden the aircraft was completely overhauled during 2010 and since March 2011 has been presented in the night fighter configuration of a 77 Squadron machine based at East Lothian in late 1918.
    https://www.shuttleworth.org/collection/avro504k/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4nPETKHZ7s
    Saw it in Reach for the Sky just the other day.
    Thanks Dave!
    Great info.

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    That is certainly a great picture, Barry, without a doubt but is it perhaps a drawing based upon a photograph? I am asking this because of the sharp black edges to the wings, tailplane and fuselage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post
    That is certainly a great picture, Barry, without a doubt but is it perhaps a drawing based upon a photograph? I am asking this because of the sharp black edges to the wings, tailplane and fuselage.
    Nah - Night fighter = black upper surfaces and sides.................

    Click on Flash's link, watch the 2 minute video; black (or very dark green) wing, fuselage and tail edges.

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    Thank you for explaining, Tim. I did not think about the possibility of a dark upper surface colouring.

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    Here's the Avro on the ground, finished in dark green



    and here it is about 14 years ago in a previous scheme

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