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User currently offlineg38 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 229 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4698 times:
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For a number of years a group called Classic Aircraft Projects operated the only privately owned Elglish Electric Canberra (G-BVWC, WK163). The last photo of it flying in the data base is dated 2007. I did a quick google search, but could find no evidence that is is still operable. Has it followed the Vulcan an the B-17 (F-AZDX) into early retirment like most large European warbirds seam to do?


Also, I heard a rumor that NASA might be modifying a third B-57. Does anyone know if this is true? How much longer do they plan to operate their current aircraft?




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User currently offlinekl671 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

Wikipedia reports that a Martin RB57F (NASA 928) was still active in June 2012.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_RB-57F_Canberra#NASA


User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3922 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 4538 times:

Another quick Google search:

http://www.airbase-europe.com/canb2.html

Quote:
G-BVWC suffered an engine failure in 2006 and ever since a worldwide search has been underway to find a replacement Rolls-Royce Avon 109 with the correct paperwork to allow a return to airworthiness.

My guess is that the operating costs are a lot less excessive than those of the Vulcan, not in the same league.



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User currently offlinegarysted From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 4457 times:

Gents,

As I understand it, NASA currently operate two WB-57s (926 and 928). 926 transited through RAF Mildenhall, here in the UK homeward bound only a couple of weeks ago. Both aircraft have been taking it in turns to support BACN operations in the Middle East. Not sure where, but I've read somwhere in the last couple of weeks that a third (to be 927) is being prepared for flight.

Gary


User currently offlineg38 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 4386 times:
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If it had an engine failure in 2006 then explain to me this:



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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3922 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 4376 times:

Quoting g38 (Reply 4):

Apparently a mistake on their website then...

A single date in the database can also easily be wrong, but there are several 2007 flying pictures.



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User currently offlineKC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

NASA's RB-57 stops by my base every now and then working with some of the big aerospace companies flying test missions. The pilots are usually older gentlemen and are VERY friendly. They let us check out the aircraft, hand out cool patches, and talk about the plane. Right now they said the engines on the aircraft, which I believe are TF-33s scavenged off of KC-135Es, are so powerful, they can only use about 70% thrust for takeoff. He said at full thrust, the minimum control speed is so high they would need to be well airborne before the rudder would have enough authority to counter an engine-out.

Interesting stuff! Typically they are flying around 70,000ft + for their tests too, he said.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2914 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 4206 times:

Quoting kl671 (Reply 1):
Wikipedia reports that a Martin RB57F (NASA 928) was still active in June 2012.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_RB-57F_Canberra#NASA

Both aircraft have been active this month, they tend to fly wit their tail numbers as call signs, so are pretty easy to track.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N...8/history/20121210/1900Z/KLSV/KLSV



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User currently offlineMothguy From Australia, joined May 2012, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 4181 times:

There is also a Canberra down here in Oz (VH-ZSQ) which was airworthy and displaying until recently with the Temora Aviation Museum. She is currently undergoing work which I believe will keep her hangar-bound for a year or so before she returns to the skies.

User currently offlinedlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 544 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months ago) and read 4172 times:
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Air Platforms used to operate N30UP (WT327) and N40UP (XH567) out of Lakeport California. They are now registered to High Altitude Mapping Missions, Inc. of Spokane, Washington, but I don't know if they are active.



User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13985 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

Quoting g38 (Thread starter):
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I´ve seen this thing in Kandahar airbase, Afghanistan, earlier this summer, but I couldn´t take any pictures ( np picturetaking permittend in this military restricted area).

Jan


User currently offlinegarysted From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3889 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
I´ve seen this thing in Kandahar airbase, Afghanistan, earlier this summer, but I couldn´t take any pictures ( np picturetaking permittend in this military restricted area).

Hi,

I'd guess this is the one you probably saw below, routing back to the US earlier this month through Mildenhall on a bright Sunday lunchtime. Must have been about 50 or more of us waiting for it to arrive...


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Not my pic, as mine is still in the upload queue. Ash is usually pretty informed about US aircraft, so I'd say a third is on the way.

Gary


User currently offlineWB556 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2011, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

There is also a PR.9 at Kemble that should fly soon.

User currently offlineg38 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3750 times:
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Quoting WB556 (Reply 12):

Indeed, this is wonderful news!!

After a bit of searching I found that the aircraft is XH134, soon to be G-OMHD.

More information here: http://fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=322&t=67944





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