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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WH646

T.17A WH646 - Midland Air Museum, Baginton, Warwickshire

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Canberra T.17A WH646 at Midland Air Museum, 14th May 2022; Jake Wallace

Built as a B.2 in 1952, WH646 first saw service with 50 Sqd at RAF Binbrook. She was transferred to 10 Sqd (RAF Scampton) and then to 45 Sqd at RAF Coningsby. As a B.2 she was loaned to 75 Sqd Royal New Zealand Air Force and saw action while serving with the RNZAF in Malaya.

On her return she served again with 45 Sqd until she was converted to a T.17 and delivered to 360 Sqd at RAF Watton in 1967. WH646 was further converted to T.17A configuration in which guise she ended her days with the RAF's 360 ECM Sqd.

The nose section forward of the pressure bulkhead is now all the remains of this Canberra, displayed undercover in the main hangar at the Midland Air Museum. The museum has removed the cockpit entrance, allowing visitors a good look inside. However, you can only view the starboard side of the cockpit, as the port side is hidden behind display boards.

Information on this page current as of 16/05/2022, last updated by Jake

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