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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WH846

T.4 WH846 - Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire

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Canberra T.4 WH846 at Yorkshire Air Museum, 23rd September 2023; Jake Wallace

Built at Preston in 1953/4 this T.4 was first delivered to the charge of 231 OCU. From there she was transferred to RAF Germany arriving at RAF Geilenkirchen (around 1962?) to join 3 Sqn's B(I).8s as one of two T.4s used for conversion and training.

In 1965 WH846 was transferred to the Station Flight at RAFG Laarbruch where she stayed until Laarbruch's 16 Sqn closed down. WH846 was then transferred to the charge of 100 Sqn (probably around 1971/72). 100 Sqn had moved to RAF Wyton in 1972 with T.19s.

WH846 was transferred to storage at RAF St Athan in 1977 and eventually sold to BAe in 1982. By 1985, this T.4 was in storage at Samlesbury and was then bought in 1988 by the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington.

She is without engines and has been painted with a yellow band around the fuselage to represent the old flying training colour scheme. Also, when it was with 3 Sqn the top of the nose cone in front of the cockpit was painted in anti-reflection black - as were most T.4s at that time. Further, WH846 had "Dayglo" self-adhesive strips (bright orange - denoting a trainer) applied to the nose cone and fin.

In more recent years, WH864 has been treated to a repaint which has made the airframe look much smarter and more presentable as the above images shows.

Information on this page current as of 25/09/2023, last updated by Jake

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