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Canberra
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Canberra in the air

Find out about the planes that are going to be flying or appearing in Jersey for the air display.

The English Electric Canberra was a first-generation jet bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950's, and remaining in service until the early years of the 21st century.

Canberra had its origins in 1944 as thought turned to developing a replacement for the unarmed high speed, high altitude de Havilland Mosquito bomber. The prototype did not fly until May 1949.

Although jet powered and of all-metal construction, the Canberra design philosophy was very much in the Mosquito mould: to provide room for a substantial bomb load, fit two of the most powerful engines available, and wrap it in the smallest, most aerodynamic package possible.

The Canberra was originally designed for a crew of two under a fighter-style canopy, but delays in the development of the intended automatic radar bombsight resulted in the addition of a bomb aimer's position in the nose.

Wingspan and length were almost identical at just under 20 metres, maximum take-off weight a little under 25 tonnes. Power was provided by a pair of 30 kN axial flow Rolls-Royce Avon turbojets.


 




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