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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WH740

T.17 WH740 - East Midlands Aeropark, Castle Donnington, Derbyshire

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Canberra T.17 WH740 at East Midlands Aeropark, 24th February 2022; Jake Wallace

Built as a B.2, WH740 was ready for collection in August 1953 and was delivered to 18 Sqd at RAF Scampton and may have moved with them to RAF Upwood in 1955. Her next owner was 40 Sqd who had moved to RAF Upwood from RAF Wittering in October 1955. 40 Sqd closed down in the December of that year which is probably why WH740 is recorded as being with Station Flight at Upwood.

Then things got interesting. WH740 was one of 15 B.2s loaned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force as part of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve in 1958. She joined the newly formed RNZAF 75 Sqd at RAF Tengah, Singapore, and was in active service in Malaya during Confrontation. After that period, WH740 was handed back to the RAF in 1962 and converted to T.17 standard before joining 360 Squadron at Cottesmore.

She flew with 360 for the remainder of her service career, moving with them to RAF Wyton in August 1975. She was eventually struck off RAF charge in December 1987, given the ground instructional airframe number of 8762M, and sent to No 2 School of Technical Training at RAF Cosford.

WH740 provided many years of service to the young trainees at Cosford (radio trades) and was eventually bought for display by the East Midlands Aeropark at Castle Donington Airport. WH740 today is kept in good condition by the volunteers at the museum.

Information on this page current as of 25/02/2022, last updated by Jake

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