Corgi Diecast Aircraft - English Electric Canberra WT309 of A&AEE Boscombe Down For Sale


Corgi Diecast Aircraft - English Electric Canberra WT309 of A&AEE Boscombe Down

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English Electric Canberra WT309 of A&AEE Boscombe Down.


Condition is Used. Very good. One mark on paintwork just in front of the tail please see photos


Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class. Signed for


The English Electric Canberra is a British first-generation jet powered medium bomber. It was developed by English Electric during the mid-to-late 1940s in response to a 1944 Air Ministry requirement for a successor to the wartime de Havilland Mosquito fast bomber. Among the performance requirements for the type was the demand for an outstanding high-altitude bombing capability and high speed. These were partly accomplished by making use of newly developed jet propulsion technology. When the Canberra was introduced to service with the Royal Air Force (RAF), the type's first operator, in May 1951, it became the service's first jet-powered


Role Bomber/Reconnaissance

National origin United Kingdom

Manufacturer English Electric

First flight 13 May 1949

Introduction 25 May 1951

Retired 23 June 2006 (RAF)

Status Retired from service

Primary users

Royal Air Force Royal New Zealand Air Force Indian Air Force

Royal Australian Air Force

Number built 900 (UK)[1] 49 (Australia)[1] 403 (US)[1]


Unit cost £72,500 (1952) [2]

Developed into Martin B-57 Canberra

Throughout most of the 1950s, the Canberra could fly at a higher altitude than any other aircraft in the world. In 1957, a Canberra established a world altitude record of 70,310 feet (21,430 m). In February 1951, another Canberra set another world record when it became the first jet aircraft to make a non-stop transatlantic flight. Due to its ability to evade the early jet interceptor aircraft and its significant performance advancement over contemporary piston-engined bombers, the Canberra became a popular aircraft on the export market, being procured for service in the air forces of many nations both inside and outside of the Commonwealth of Nations. The type was also licence produced in Australia by the Government Aircraft Factories and in the US by Martin as the B-57 Canberra. The latter produced both slightly modified B-57A Canberra, and the significantly updated B-57B.


In addition to being a tactical nuclear strike aircraft, the Canberra proved to be highly adaptable, serving in varied roles such as tactical bombing and photographic and electronic reconnaissance. Canberras served in the Suez Crisis, Vietnam War, Falklands War, Indo-Pakistani wars, and numerous African conflicts. In several wars, each of the opposing sides had Canberras in their air forces. The Canberra had a lengthy service life, serving for more than 50 years with some operators. In June 2006, the RAF retired the last of its Canberras, 57 years after its first flight. Three of the Martin B-57 variant remain in service, performing meteorological and reentry tracking work for NASA, as well as providing electronic communication (Battlefield Airborne Communications Node or BACN) testing for deployment to Afghanistan.[3][4]



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