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English Electric Canberra - Survivor XH584

T.4 XH584 - Bill Fern, South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, AeroVenture, Doncaster, Yorkshire

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Canberra T.4 XH584 at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, 22nd September 2023; Jake Wallace

Built at English Electric's Preston works in 1954, XH584 was ready for collection on 18 March 1955. She was taken onto MoD charge and issued to 231 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Bassingbourn. XH584 stayed with 231 OCU for the rest of her flying career until she came to the end of her fatigue life. On 12 July 1966, XH584 was struck off charge after just 10 years of flying. This T.4 must have had a very intensive flying life with 231 OCU helping train and convert hundreds of pilots. The cockpit was moved to RAF Marham for ground instructional uses until 1982 when the RAF had finished with her.

XH584 moved on to the North East Aircraft Museum but was later purchased by Bill Fern who moved the cockpit section to the South Yorkshire Air Museum, AeroVenture in 2000 for restoration and display. The cockpit of XH584 can be seen undercover lined up with many other Canberra nose sections in excellent condition.

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

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