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The Prefect Avro 626

22 February 2021

Prefect ≡ a senior student enforcer or a chief officer of a sort.

The Avro 626 was a British made two seat utility trainer but the four purchased in New Zealand around 1935 were three cockpit (all open) with the aft cockpit fitted with a Scarff ring which could mount a Lewis or Vickers machine gun. Power from the Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC radial engine (240 hp) typically yielded a cruise speed of 95 mph for 240 miles with a service ceiling of 14,800 feet. This excellent example is displayed in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum which is located in Christchurch NZ.

Avro 626 (Prefect) on display in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum of Christchurch New Zealand—©2008 Joseph May/Slipstream Photography

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