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Does The UK A/F Still Fly The English Electric?  
User currently offlineSunbird From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 285 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4210 times:

Cause I was on my way spotting and saw what I thought was a English Electric Canberra landing here @ 5 Wing Goose Bay in Canada........what a beauty of an aircraft, when I went on the air base to get a shot of it I couldnt find it I assume it went into one of the RAF's hangers

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User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4161 times:

Yes, the Canberra still flies. It has been used extensively in Afghanistan. In the high altitude recon mode I believe.

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4177 times:

Per my issue of 2002 Aviation Week Aerospace Source Book, the Royal Air Force has seven BAE Systems Canberras'...the PR.9 & T.4 versions.
Hope that helps. Regards.

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13606 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4080 times:


User currently offlineSouthflite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

Subsequent to the discussion in the previous thread referred to by GDB, I read in AFM magazine that the RAF Canberra PR.9s had been deployed over Somalia to seek for possible Al-Queda bases - that's most likely what that one photographed in Egypt was doing in that part of the world.

FlagshipAZ, don't want to be picky, but your source is wrong in calling them BAE Systems Canberras - that manufacturer has only been around for the last few years - the PR.9s were built by BAC (British Aircraft Corporation), the successor to English Electric. While BAE Systems is in turn a "successor" of BAC, one can't change the name of the manufacturer retrospectively (do you hear that, all you "Boeing F-15" fans  Big grin)

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

The difference is that Boeing now continues manufacturing the F-15 (as LM is doing with the ex-General Dynamics F-16).


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User currently onlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30410 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

I personally am surprised that Boeing hasn't issued a service bulletian for all of those MD products who have those wheel covers embossed with the letters MDC on them.

I can picture them issuing an AD requiring them to be switched to ones that say Boeing or BAC

Seriously though, all of the sales promo's for those old MD aircraft now say they are "Boeing"

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1325 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

If there ever a need to keep at least one or two of an aircraft type flying, it has to be the Canberra. The airplane first flew in the late '40's and a few are still doing the job that nothing else seems to be able to do, yet. It is one of the real classics of aviation. Hopefully, a foundation will be established to take care of a couple of these wonderful airplanes. Considering some of the warbirds that are flying these days, maintaining a couple of Canberras shouldn't be nearly as expensive.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13606 posts, RR: 76
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3998 times:

I recently saw a new photo of a Canberra PR.9A, (not on the web), the aircraft was deployed over the Mid-East or N.Africa, with additional aerials under the aircraft, don't know the purpose of them-a real time data-link maybe? Be useful for the sort of fleeting targets they'd be looking for.

User currently offlineIndian_flyboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3973 times:

The Indian Air Force still uses the Canberra . The No 2 Target towing Sqn is using it presently . I believe that the a/c is still used for photo recon in some areas.

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