English Electric Canberra
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Britain's first jet bomber

One of the most commercially successful military aircraft produced by the British aircraft industry, the Canberra was - at least initially - not much better at getting bombs on target than a WWII Mosquito. However, the airframe turned out to be enormously flexible, relatively simple to maintain and generally easy to fly. It would be produced in a bewildering variety of marks, exported all over the world and ended up serving with the RAF from 1951 to 2006. Not bad for a "jet mosquito".

Read on for the history of the Canberra.