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English Electric Canberra - Survivor XM264

B(I).8 XM264 - Luftwaffenmuseum, Hermeskeil, Germany

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Canberra B(I).8 XM264 at Hermeskeil, 20th October 2016; Richard E Flagg

This B(I).8 Canberra interdictor entered service with 16 Sqd in 1958 at RAFG Laarbruch. She was shuffled around between the B(I).8 squadrons in RAF Germany, being transferred first to 3 Sqd at RAFG Geilenkirch and then to 14 Sqd at RAFG Wildenrath and finally back to 16 Sqd at RAFG Laarbruch.

In 1972, after 14 years of service, XM264 was struck off RAF charge when 16 Sqd was closed down at RAFG Laarbruch. By that time she had acquired 16 Sqdn's "sharkmouth" motif and the distinctive yellow-edged band around the fuselage. She was held at RAFG Laarbruch as a decoy aircraft and then preserved for display there between 1980 and 1989.

XM264 was eventually purchased by Peter Junior for his air museum - Flugausstellung Junior - near Hermeskeil. She was dismantled and moved to Peter's site around 1991. She has since been re-built and is shown on display. She lacks engines - which you can tell with there being no cartridge start bullets protruding from the intakes. In more recent years, the airframe was treated to a repaint which looks to be holding up still to this day.

Information on this page current as of 01/09/2020, last updated by Jake

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