The English Electric Canberra is a first-generation jet-powered light bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950s. It proved to be highly adaptable, serving in such varied roles for tactical bombing, photographic, electronic, and meteorological reconnaissance. The Canberra remained in service with the Royal Air Force until 23 June 2006, 57 years after its first flight.
This Canberra’s first flight was on the 25/10/56. Delivered 09/11/56. Served with 2 Sqn in Vietnam as part of USAF 35th Tactical Fighter Wing. Arrived at Phan Rang Air Base 07/69. Returned to Australia 02/71. During late 1972 and 1973 it was one of six Canberras modified for cartographic survey missions with a Wild RC10 camera installed in the forward end of bomb-bay along with a large circular cutout in bomb bay doors. An NF.2 navigation sight was installed along with an aerodynamic boot fitted on lower starboard side behind crew door housing the periscope head of the sight. Held for disposal by 3AD 21/03/82. Struck off 1985 at Amberley. Sold 06/85 to “South East Asia Museum” but resold 06/86 to Willowbank Caravan Park.
Now looking VERY worse for wear, some say that they would prefer them to be scrapped and never be seen again that have them on display in such disgraceful form. Personally, I find it saddening….
Canon 450D + 10-20mm Sigma