Last flight for the Canberra

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  1. Tiger

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    I didnt even know this type of aircraft was still flying.
     
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    They are actually still flying one at NASA. I saw a recent picture of one taxiing just a couple of weeks ago.
     
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    Most Brits only know because they see it at RIAT and other airshows.
     
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    They have served everywhere including the Gulf Wars and where major disasters have taken place. Even by modern standards it has a decent range and altitude performance. The sensors are the same as fitted on the U2 and be default as good as you can get.
    The PR9 is a classic in every sense but they must be a nightmare to maintain.
     
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    There's a guy in the states flying a Canberra, he landed it in Mojave several years ago. It had cartridge starters that cost $100.00 a start!!!
     
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    You should see the black smoke that beast chucks out when it starts!

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    currently the Canberra's the largest aircraft licenced in private civilian hands in the UK (the vulcan's company owed and is not considdered privately owned), i've been keeping my eye on this story for a while, their retirement's been a long time coming, the crash of thei two seat trainer didn't help either, a sad day it shall be..........
     
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    Agreed it will be a sad day and a long time coming. Still not a bad service record for a plane from the 50's...
     
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    COmpared to the cost of the fuel I thought that would be next to nothing.
     
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    :salute:

    It was a great aircraft and served well.
     
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    She, Adler, She's a She............
     
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    50s? The Canberra flew in 1947, didn't it?
     
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    the prototype flew in '49 i believe........
     
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    Correct and squadron service was 1951. Not bad for a pretty revolutionary aircraft.
     
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    I stand on my head corrected.
     
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    The SAAF also had some of those and used them as bombers and recon aircraft in Angola and the old South West Africa.
     
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    Its down as a flying exhibit for the RIAT at Fairford this weekend. Last oppertunity folks.
     
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    I am sure that private owners will continue to fly the Canberra.
     
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