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English Electric Canberra - Survivor XH132

SC.9 XH132 - Albino Panigarri, Vigolzone, Italy

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Canberra SC.9 XH132 at Bodelva, July 1995; Chris England

This interesting-looking PR.9 never entered the RAF but still gave 36 years of service as a trials aircraft. XH132 was awaiting collection at Preston in 1959 and was eventually delivered directly into Ministry of Supply charge in 1960. She was transferred to the Short Brothers factory in Ireland and was rebuilt as a specialised "Shorts SC.9" with the capability of carrying several different types of nose-mounted equipment for missile homing head trails.

Then she went to de Havilland Propellors at Hatfield where she spent many years as part of the Red Top guided missile trials programme. Another move saw XH132 transferred to Hawker Siddeley Dynamics for a continuation of the trials before going on to the Radar Research Establishment at Pershore in 1972 for Sky Flash guided weapon homing-head development in 1972.

She was then transferred to Battle Damage Research Flight, RAF St Mawgan, in 1986, and was eventually broken up at RAF St Mawgan. However, the distinctive nose was saved by an enthusiast in Cornwall. She was bought (in 1998?) by an Italian enthusiast and collector, Albino Panigarri who exported the cockpit to Italy and she has remained there ever since.

Information on this page current as of 01/04/2016, last updated by Damien

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