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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WH904

T.19 WH904 - Newark Air Museum, Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Canberra T.19 WH904 at Newark Air Museum, 31st March 2021; Damien Burke

This Canberra started life in 1954 as a B.2 with 207 Sqd at RAF Marham and then transferred to 35 Sqd on the same station when 207 was disbanded in 1956. She was converted to T.11 configuration, gaining a new nose (from WH651, another B.2) with the extended nose housing an A.I radar, as used for the Javelins, and served to train radar operators.

After a brief spell with 228 OCU, WH904 joined the Target Facilities Squadron (TFS) at RAF West Raynham and remained with this unit when it changed to 85 Sqd in 1963 (red and black chequers as squadron flash) and transferred to RAF Binbrook.

Further radar mods were carried out with WH904 being redesignated a T.19. It then spent time with 85 Sqd and 7 Sqd (RAF St Mawgan) until going into store at RAF St Athan in 1979. She was sold to BAC as a possible export in 1980 but was moved to Marshalls of Cambridge where she stayed until she was donated to the Newark Air Museum in 1985.

She's pictured here in the early stages of a repaint, with much rubbing down of paintwork having been carried out - at the time of writing, new paint is now going on so she should be looking a lot better in the very near future. The cockpit is in excellent nick bar the clouded canopy, and looks to be relatively complete. You can keep up to date with progress on the Newark Air Museum Facebook group.

Information on this page current as of 17/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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