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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WE191 (ex Q497)

T.4 WE191 - Stoneykirk Aviation Museum, Stoneykirk, Stranraer

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Canberra T.4 WE191 at Stoneykirk Aviation Museum, 18th July 2021; W Shackleton

WE191 was delivered to the RAF in January 1954, the airframe was sold to BAC in 1965 and was exported to the Indian Air Force where she was issued the serial Q497. A year later Q497 was placed in long-term storage until 1970 when it was transferred back to the RAF; in June 1972 she was declared Non-Effective. In February 1978 she was then sold to BAC again and was moved to Samlesbury by road in October. 10 years later the airframe moved to Warton to be used for fire training - thankfully she didn't get too damaged!

Once Warton had finished with the airframe, the fuselage of WE191 was purchased by the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation museum - wings, rudder, and other external parts were removed at Warton. The fuselage was on display for some time, until it was reduced to a cockpit section in 2012. The cockpit was then moved to Stoneykirk Aviation Museum where the cockpit was restored and is now on display and undercover.

Information on this page current as of 24/06/2022, last updated by Jake

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