The Greatest Multi-Role Aircraft of the Cold War Volume 2

Ken Delve

Service that spanned 50 years, over 60 RAF squadrons, license-built in the US (the B-57) and Australia, combat from the Suez War to the Vietnam War, conflicts in India, Africa and the Falklands, Cold War veteran, record breaker in height and distance, NASA use; the Canberra design of the mid-1940s was all this and more, an aviation legend.
Date Published :
November 2022
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781558751
Pages : 656
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.02 inches
Stock Status : In stock


An aviation legend designed in the mid-1940s, the Canberra entered service in 1951 with RAF Bomber Command. It served in the conventional, interdictor and nuclear bomber role with the RAF, in the UK, Germany, the Middle East and Far East. Its performance and adaptability made it ideal as a reconnaissance aircraft, and the final version, the Canberra PR9, only finally retired in July 2006! The Canberra was used in many support roles, especially in signals / electronic warfare. The Canberra was adopted by air forces from South America to Africa and India, as well as Australia and New Zealand, and license-built as the Martin B-57 served. It was involved conflicts from the Suez War and Malaya Confrontation, and various other hot spots with the RAF, to the Australian and USAF ops in Vietnam, and even the India-Pakistan War when both sides used Canberras, and the 1982 Falklands War. Used in trials and evaluation the Canberra held various height and speed records, and NASA’s High Altitude Research Program WB-57s are still active. The Canberra has also had dedicated enthusiasts, and aircraft (or cockpits) still survive in museums, as well as some in flying condition.

About The Author

Ken Delve served 20 years in the Royal Air Force as a Navigator and during that time developed his passion for aviation and military history. From researching and publishing the history of his first squadron – 39 Squadron, which had played a major role in defeating Rommel’s supply lines – he has subsequently written over 40 books and numerous articles.

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