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English Electric Canberra - Survivor WJ992

T.4 WJ992 - GJD Services, (stored), St. Athan, Wales

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Canberra T.4 WJ992 at South Wales Aviation Museum, 22nd February 2023; Jake Wallace

Originally built as a B.2 and was awaiting collection in October 1953. Taken onto the RAF's charge, she was issued to 76 Sqd at RAF Wittering where she flew as a B.2 until it was converted to T.4 configuration just before she left the RAF.

Removed from RAF charge in January 1957, WJ992, now as a T.4 was transferred to the Blind Landing Experimental Unit (BLEU) at Martlesham Heath. She flew these trials for several years until September 1962 when she was transferred to Pershore (RRE) for crew training.

After 15 years, WJ992 was the last Canberra to leave Pershore when, on 1 November 1977, she was flown back to RAE Bedford to join the Aerospace Research Squadron. At some point during the final years she received the Rasberry Ripple colour scheme when based at Hurn Airport for Flight Refuelling tests. WJ992 retired at Hurn in the 1990s.

Sadly the airframe was placed on the fire dump and was abandoned for several years, slowly being reclaimed by nature. In early 2021, WJ992 was unfortunately scrapped, thankfully the cockpit section was saved by GJD Services who moved it to the South Wales Aviation Museum where she now rests in open storage with an uncertain future.

Information on this page current as of 24/02/2023, last updated by Jake

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