"English Electric" Canberra. Photo. Characteristics.
"English Electric" Canberra. Photo. Characteristics.

"English Electric" Canberra. Photo. Characteristics.

United Kingdom

A type: Twin-engine jet bomber, photo reconnaissance and training aircraft

Crew: two people

In addition to being the first jet bomber in the Royal Air Force, the Canberra aircraft proved to be the UK's longest-running jet aircraft - a small number of reconnaissance aircraft and electronic countermeasures still continue to serve 47 years after the first flight of the prototype. Built on the terms of reference of B.3 / 45 of the Ministry of Aviation, Canberra relied heavily on the experience of the Bomber Command on the use of the Mosquito of De Havilland, which proved to be almost unattainable in the skies over Germany due to its striking maximum Speed. The Canberra airplane was also built to achieve the highest speed and had no defensive weapons.

Although it was ordered as a “light bomber”, many V.2 aircraft were commissioned as a replacement for the Lincoln aircraft of AVRo. In fact, the Royal Air Force was so pleased with the aircraft that 546 units were built, and they were equipped around the Royal Air Force 30 units. The key to the success of the aircraft "Canberra" was his wing quite small extension, which gave significant fuel savings at a maximum cruising altitude, which significantly exceeded the ceiling, jet fighters achieved in the same period. This meant that for a number of years before the missiles "air - air" aircraft "Canberra" has been out of reach for the interception of manned spacecraft.

The aircraft also had great success abroad - the US Air Force, even put it into production in the company "Martin Aircraft» (Martin Aircraft) after failed to find "home" medium bomber to replace its aircraft in-26 «Inveyder." Received the designation in-57 plane took an active part in the fighting in Vietnam, flying side by side with the Australian aircraft "Canberra" in 20.

Dimensions (for modification in 6):

  • Length: 19,96 m
  • Wingspan: 19,5 m
  • Height: 4,77 m

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 834 km / h

The weight:

  • BLANK: 12 678 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 25 514 kg

Range of flight: 5842 km - Ferry range

Power point: two engines "Avon» 109 of "Rolls-Royce"

Power: 32,92 kN thrust

Date of first flight:

  • 13 May 1949 years

The surviving airworthy modifications: In 2, V6 and in 6 (Mod), B (1) 8 (Mod), in 20 and 18 TT