• Canberra Restoration - NZ Warbirds

English Electric Canberra B(I)8

Bomber

The English Electric Canberra was the Royal Air Force’s first jet-powered bomber.  Developed during the mid-to-late 1940’s, the Canberra was designed as a replacement for the wartime de Havilland Mosquito.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) operated numerous Canberra types from 1958 to 1970.  Initially the RNZAF were loaned B.2s and T.4s by the RAF as part of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve but were returned in 1962 after the delivery of B(I).12 attack bombers and T.13 conversion trainers.

Our aircraft WT346 served with the RAF.  It is a B(I).8 model.   Acquired by the RNZAF Museum Trust board in 1993, it was originally intended to modify the airframe to represent an RNZAF B(I).12 however a recent change in direction for the museum has seen it loaned to Warbirds at Ardmore for restoration to static display.  Once restored to an agreed standard, the intention is for her to be officially transferred to NZ Warbirds.  More details about its restoration can be found here.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: 2 x Rolls-Royce Avon RA7 Mk.109 turbojet engines, 7,400 lbs each
Length: 19.96m (65ft 6in)
Height: 4.78m (15ft 8in)
Wing Span: 19.51m (64ft 0in)
Maximum Speed: 580mph (930kmh or 500 knots) at 40,000 ft (12,192 m)
Service Ceiling: 48,000ft (14630m)

Yakevlov Yak-52

Primary Trainer

Country of Origin: Soviet Russia
Engine: Ivchenko Vedeneyev M-14P, 360hp 9-cylinder radial engine
Top Speed: 285 Km/h, 177 MPH, 154 Knots

 

Clark Airfield Tractor

Tug

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Holden, Straight 6 Engine
Top Speed: Slow

 

Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT4

Trainer

Country of Origin: New Zealand
Engine: Continental IO-360-H-B9B, 210hp flat-six piston engine
Top Speed: 383 Km/h, 238 MPH, 207 Knots

 

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