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RAF Canberra Units of the Cold War - Combat Aircraft 105 (Paperback)
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RAF Canberra Units of the Cold War - Combat Aircraft 105 (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 20/06/2014
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From its first public demonstration at the Farnborough Airshow of 1949, the English Electric Canberra bomber captured the attention of the aviation world. It could outmanoeuvre all the fighters of the time and it could climb way above their operating ceilings. Yet this Cold War equivalent of the Mosquito was simple to maintain and a delight to fly, although it could bite any pilot who did not treat it with respect. The Canberra B 2 first flew on 21 April 1950 and entered frontline service with No 101 Sqn in May 1951. In a testament to the aircraft's benign handling characteristics, the transition programme consisted of only 20 hours in the Gloster Meteor and three hours in the dual-control Canberra trainer. With a maximum speed of 470 knots (871 km/h), a standard service ceiling of 48,000 ft (14,600 m) and the ability to carry a 3.6-tonne (7,900-lb) payload, the Canberra was an instant success.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781782004110
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 305 g
Dimensions: 248 x 184 x 7 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This book will whet the interest of RAF fans in general, and in particular fans of the Canberra." --Aeroscale

"Osprey does a great job of showing the development and changes from the early B.2 to the late PR.9. The color schemes shown are representative of the times and places where the Canberra earned its reputation as a pretty darned good bomber. Recommended." --Jim Pearsal, IPMS/USA

"Included in the book are the usual great pilot stories, excellent period photos, some in color, and a goodly number of full color profiles, covering the types nearly 55 years of operational use by the RAF. It is a great read and an equally good reference book. One that is a must for the Canberra fan." --Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com

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