One of the most popular and successful of the first-generation of jet powered light bombers, the Canberra entered service for the RAF in 1951. The design was so successful that the United States built the plane under license as the Martin B-57 Canberra, the plane entering US service in 1953. The first U.S. jet bomber to drop bombs during combat, the Canberra remained in service as a tactical bomber and reconnaissance aircraft until 1983. In fact there are currently two Canberras in active service to this very day, a pair of Martin RB-57F Canberras, which while they are officially operated by NASA, are on active duty providing support to operations within Afghanistan acting as the operating platform of the U.S. Military’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system, or BACN.
With just a couple of weeks remaining until the 2013 RAF Cosford Air Show, organizers have confirmed a complete line-up of flying displays for Sunday June 9th, but are hinting that there are still more […]
Following a three-year restoration project, the Commemorative Air Force Grumman/General Motors TBM-3S, BuNo 91426, will soon make its first post-restoration flight in Hagerstown, Maryland. The machine has been with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) since […]
Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California will be hosting an “Open Cockpit Day” on June 15, 2013 from 10AM to 3PM. The centerpiece of the day’s festivities will be the collection’s Grumman F4F Wildcat making […]