The Canberra was the first Royal Air Force bomber powered by jet engines. A National Museum of Flight we have the nose section of a Canberra.

The Canberra first entered service in 1951. It saw action in several conflicts, including the Falklands War in 1982 when it was used by both Britain and Argentina.

On 26 August 1952 the aircraft this nose section comes from flew from Northern Ireland to Canada and back. The flight took a total time of 10 hours 3 minutes 29.28 seconds, a new transatlantic record at the time. 

Date:    1951
Mark: B.5
Crew: 3 (pilot, navigator, bomb aimer)
Top speed:  570 mph (913 km/h)
Range: 2,660 miles (4281 km)
Weapons: Up to 6,000lb (2,721 kg) of bombs

Canberra nose section

Cockpit view

Canberra cockpit

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