Roe and Company Ltd. (Avro) was founded by Alliot Verdo
Roe. A.V. Roe designed, built and piloted the aircraft
credited with the first flight in England by a British-designed
aircraft powered by a British engine in 1909.
Famous Avro aircraft include the 504 of
World War I fame, the Lancaster bomber of World War II and
the Vulcan bomber of the 1960's and 1970's.
Avro was acquired by Hawker
Siddeley in 1963.