Canberra: The Greatest Multi-Role Aircraft of the Cold War (Volume 2)

Author(s): Ken Delve and John Sheehan

ISBN: 9781781558751
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With a 50-year career record from the Suez and Vietnam War, the versatile, unique and popular Canberra became an aviation legend.
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  • The Canberra introduced the RAF to the era of jet bombers

  • It was adopted by air forces from South America, India, Australia, New Zealand and the US as the Martin B-57

  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs

  • Of interest to aviation and military historians, modellers, gamers and flight simulator enthusiasts

    The British-designed Canberra was adopted by air forces from South America to Africa and India, as well as Australia and New Zealand; it was also licence-built, as the Martin B-57.

    It was involved in a number of conflicts with many of those users, the most intense of which was the USAF use in Vietnam, although Canberras were also on both sides in the India-Pakistan conflicts; a number of conflicts in South America saw Canberra involvement, the Argentinian Canberras flew ops against the British Task Force in the Falklands conflict.

    This volume also looks at overall development of the Canberra, and the role of the Operational Conversion Unit in training both RAF and overseas aircrew. The Canberra was used extensively in trials and evaluation, and, with NASA, a small number of aircraft still perform this role (2022). The aircraft has attracted interest from enthusiasts, and this has ensured that a significant number of aircraft survive in museums and private collections, and a few are kept in flying condition.

    BOOK ISBN 9781781558751
    FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
    BINDING Hardback
    PAGES 624 pages
    PUBLICATION DATE 28 September 2022
    ILLUSTRATIONS 530 black-and-white and 36 colour images



    Ken Delve qualified as a navigator in 1977. He joined 39 (PR) Squadron for a first tour that lasted over five years and established his affection for the Canberra PR.9 (and dislike of the Canberra T.4). Subsequent flying tours included the Tornado GR.1 (IX Sqn) and GR.1A (II Sqn), as well as an instructional tour with No. 6 FTS. Having written his first book on the history of 39 Squadron in the early 1980s, he has since written some fifty books and hundreds of articles. Post-RAF, he was editor of FlyPast magazine and editor-in-chief at Key Publishing for nearly ten years. He is a trustee of the RAF Heraldry Trust and a volunteer at the RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre.

    John Sheehan has been a Canberra enthusiast for many years and has established a reputation for his technical knowledge of the aircraft and its many variants. He has a deep interest in the Canberra and is a keen scale-modeller since an early age, and though he has built mainly Cold War-era subjects, there is no surprise that his main interest lay with the Canberra, as can be seen on his website.