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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WJ975

T.19 WJ975 - Julian Warren, South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, AeroVenture, Doncaster, Yorkshire

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Canberra T.19 WJ975 at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, 22nd September 2023; Jake Wallace

WJ975 was delivered to the RAF in 1953 as a B.2 and was transferred to the Bomber Command Development Unit for a brief period before moving on to 35 and then 44 Squadron. In February 1958 the airframe was transferred to Boulton Paul to be modified to a T.11 standard. WJ975 was then transferred to No 228 OCU, the Gloster Javelin Operational Conversion Unit based at RAF Leeming. The Canberra T.11s were fitted with new radars and a pointed nose to be used as air intercept trainers for Gloster Javelin pilots as well as just general crew trainers.

In April 1968, WJ975 was converted to a T.19 and was issued to No. 100 Sqn in 1973 where she was used as a silent radar target. The airframe retired in May 1980 and was sold to Marshalls Aerospace of Cambridge.

WJ975 was moved to Hemswell/Bomber Command Aviation Museum in 1983 where she was put on display. Unfortunately, the museum closed in the early 2000s, resulting in the aircraft getting scrapped - thankfully, the nose was saved. The nose of WJ975 was purchased by the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum in Doncaster where she was restored by the volunteers. Julian Warren has since purchased the cockpit and keeps this example in excellent condition at SYAM where she can be seen on display today.

Information on this page current as of 30/10/2023, last updated by Jake

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