The RAF airbase at Wyton, between Huntingdon and St.Ives, Cambridgeshire still flew a large number of Canberra bombers while we were living at St.Ives and they flew over my office almost everyday on their approach flight path to land.
RAF Wyton had an open day and air-show one weekend, where I took this picture of a Type T.4 Canberra painted up to look like one of the original prototype aircraft. They were fine aircraft and a joy to see as they were already about 30 years old at that time.
The English Electric Canberra is a first-generation jet-powered light bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950s. The Canberra could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber through the 1950s and set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft (21,430 m) in 1957. Due to its ability to evade early interceptors and providing a significant performance advancement over piston-engined bombers then common, the Canberra was a popular export product and served with many nations.
In addition to being a tactical nuclear strike aircraft, the Canberra proved to be highly adaptable, serving in varied roles such as tactical bombing and photographic and electronic reconnaissance. Canberra’s served in the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Indo-Pakistani Wars, and numerous African conflicts. In several wars, both of the opposing forces had Canberra’s in their air forces. The Canberra was retired by its first operator, the Royal Air Force (RAF), in 23 June 2006, 57 years after its first flight; a few remain in service, performing meteorological work for NASA.
We had a particularly good Prints entry at my camera clubs latest competition last week and you can see the winning entries here if you wish, and yes one of them is mine.
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