View Full Version : goodbye old girl...

06-23-2006, 01:21 PM
Today the Canberra retired,after 50+ years of service.

~S old gal,farewell

06-23-2006, 01:21 PM
Today the Canberra retired,after 50+ years of service.

~S old gal,farewell

06-23-2006, 01:27 PM
Good, solid designs tend to stick around for a while...

06-23-2006, 01:30 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif NO! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

I'm sure Woofiedog will post some good facts for us.

06-23-2006, 01:38 PM
Wasn`t even on the news. People forget so easily...

06-23-2006, 01:47 PM
SeaFire there was a big section on the channel four news about it................ They are still flying by the way in other parts of the world, all be it a little modified, NASA have not got anything that comes close to replacing the old girl... see http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/hangar/2005/wb57/wb57.htm



06-23-2006, 01:53 PM
Ah, thnx, TT, and I do normally watch Ch4... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

06-23-2006, 02:04 PM
was the fly by that got me... showed two Canberras in formation, then for some stupid reason some numbskull had decided to put either side of them that jack of all trades master of none, flying flick knife the Torn***hole.............. Biggest pile of purile European designed effulent I ever had the priviledge to come across when they came into service..........

06-23-2006, 02:08 PM
A Sad passing of such a Fine Aircraft. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

A bit of info on the Canberra is on the bottom of the page from the Early Jets thread.

Link: http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/7241004244/p/3

06-23-2006, 02:49 PM
She's got a serious rudder on her huh?


06-23-2006, 03:17 PM
There was a nice section, as TT said, On C4 news about it. I'm hoping they'll put it in their archive. I've checked, not there yet but it's early days yet but if I see it I'll link it over. Good jet.

06-23-2006, 05:45 PM
Gawd, do I feel like a newb...... I've never seen that bird before.....

She's STILL a hottie at 50.

06-23-2006, 06:01 PM
Awesome jet, one of my faves and one of my first 2 jet models built as a kid (a sabre was the first).

06-23-2006, 11:09 PM


VH-ZSQ Military S/N: WJ680


The Museum Canberra is the only flying Canberra in Australia.

The English Electric Canberra is an all-metal, semi-monocoque construction with a canti-levered wing and a wooden vertical stabiliser. English Electric and Handley Page manufactured a total of 926 with 48 manufactured by the Government Aircraft Factory in Australia, and 403 built by Martin in the United States as B-57€s for the U.S. Air Force.

WJ680 entered service in December 1955 as part of 551 Wing RAF Bomber Command based at Gutersloh in Germany. However in February 1956 it suffered damage that resulted in its removal from service for 12 months. Shortly after its return to 59 Squadron, the aircraft again suffered extensive damage from a bird strike during a low level training mission. Its canopy was badly damaged, as were the engine cowlings, tailplane and the wooden fin fitted to the UK built machines. Repaired yet again the aircraft was reassigned to a UK based maintenance unit where it remained in storage for 10 years. In 1967, it was removed from storage and converted by British Aerospace to TT.18 standard carrying the Rushton designed target-towing system but was again placed in storage until 1971. In December 1972, it was involved in yet another incident, which resulted in the ejection of the navigator. More repairs followed and it returned to 7 Squadron on target towing duties until 1980 flying without incident at which time it returned to British Aerospace at Salmesbury for major servicing. Returning to 100 Squadron where it remained on strength until 18 December 1991 when it performed its last flight in RAF service. It was placed in open storage at RAF Wyton until sold in 1992 to Ron Mitchell. In 1994 G-BURM performed its first civil display at Duxford.

Temora Aviation Museum acquired the aircraft in May 2001. The Museum repainted the aircraft to represent those flown by the Royal Australian Air Force 2 Squadron during the Vietnam conflict. The aircraft is maintained in an airworthy condition and regularly flown at Museum displays and airshows.


Rolls-Royce RA.3 Avon Mk. 1
6,500lb (2,948 kg)
Engines feature a 9 stage axial compressor, 8 combustion stages and a single stage turbine.


Aviation Turbine Fuel (Jet Fuel)
Fuselage Tank Capacity:
1,374 Imperial Gallons
6,246 Litres
1,650 US Gallons

Wing Tank Capacity (2):

250 Imperial Gallons
1,136 Litres 311 US Gallons


64€ 0" 19.50 m
65€ 6 " 19.96 m
Wing Area:
960.3 sq. ft 89.20 sq. m

15€ 7" 4.75 m


25,400 lb 11,521 kg
Maximum Takeoff weight:
47,000 lb 21,312 kg


Four 750 lb (340 kg) M1117 general-purpose bombs in weapons bay plus two others mounted externally, one under each wingtip.


Maximum Speed:
504 knots 580 mph 933 km/h
Cruise Speed:
379 knots 437 mph 703 km/h

06-23-2006, 11:29 PM
Awesome, was just about to post about the Temora Canberra http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

06-23-2006, 11:58 PM
A very short vid of it flying http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v623/strewth/Temora/th_Canberra_000wmv.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v623/strewth/Temora/?action=view&current=Canberra_000wmv.flv)

06-24-2006, 12:13 AM
The designer, Edward W. Petter€¦ Who also designed the Lysander, Whirlwind and had a hand in the BAC Lightning€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

06-24-2006, 04:54 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MrBlueSky1960:
The designer, Edward W. Petter€¦ Who also designed the Lysander, Whirlwind and had a hand in the BAC Lightning€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>And the Gnat.

In the US, it was called the B-57.
http://home.att.net/~jbaugher2/b57.html (http://home.att.net/%7Ejbaugher2/b57.html)