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This reissue of Aeroplane Icons: Canberra celebrates the aircraft’s 75th anniversary.

The Canberra bomber was created without fuss and fanfare, and without any significant delays or disasters, but was far from mundane.

At the time of its development, RAF’s Bomber Command relied upon obsolescent Lincolns. The Canberra was a breath of fresh air.

It was fast, it could climb to hitherto unattainable altitudes, and it was astonishingly manoeuvrable. Of course, the Canberra was also much more than a bomber.

Its simple and rugged construction endowed the aircraft with a capacity to take on many roles, ranging from reconnaissance through to target towing.

In another much darker guise, it also became a low-level intruder, with atomic weaponry in its belly.

The Canberra also claimed a considerable number of export sales, not least in the US where the aircraft became one of only a handful of post-war foreign designs to be adopted by the United States Air Force.

116 Pages

Expected Release Date: March 28th 2024