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English Electric Canberra - Survivor XH177

PR.9 XH177 - Privately owned, Newark Air Museum, Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Canberra PR.9 XH177 at Newark Air Museum, 28th August 2021; Jake Wallace

Another PR.9 with a short history.

XH177 was ready for collection in 1960 and entered the RAF first with 58 Sqn at RAF Wyton. At some time after the middle of 1961, it was transferred to the charge of 13 Sqn at RAF Luqa in Malta. However, bad times befell this PR.9 as, in December 1965, XH177 was declared Cat4R due to cracks in the main spar. This was upgraded to Cat5(c) in April 1965 meaning that the aircraft was no longer repairable or flyable. It was struck off charge at Luqa on 5 August 1967.

Somehow the nose section found its way back to the UK and was bought for preservation by the Wales Aircraft Museum. This outfit now seems defunct and XH177's nose, in a fairly sorry state, ended up at Hanningfield Metals scrapyard in Essex. Thankfully, the cockpit was "rescued" from Essex and transported to the Newark Air Museum. The cockpit has been having a gradual restoration ever since it arrived and is looking much better than what it was as a result!

Information on this page current as of 03/07/2022, last updated by Jake

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