Gallery 2


T.17 - WH664
(Copyright : Paul Nann)
Originally built as a B.2 and used by 231 OCU, WH664 was converted to an ECM T.17 variant by the British Aircraft Corporation in 1967. In the same year it was delivered to RAF Watton, for use by 360 ECM Sqd.
Photographed by Paul Nann, it is seen at RAF Waddington in 1990 while still in the European camouflage scheme (ie, pre-"hemp" days). The 360 Sqn "Lightning Flash" is still in evidence though.

B.6 - 99+35
(Photo : Gunter Grondstein Collection)
Even the Luftwaffa bought and flew the Canberra. This is one of the three orange painted B.6s used by Militarische Geographisches Amt based at Jever. 99+35 was built as WK138 and is a Survivor.

Gunter's photo shows this German Canberra to advantage, click pic for larger image.

WJ639 TT.18 - WJ639
(Photo : Les Bywaters)
WJ639 was originally built as a B.2 in 1954 and was one of many Canberras that were converted to Target Tug configuration (TT.18). This shot of 7 Sqd's be-draggled WJ639 was taken on a very wet open day at RAF Finingley in 1978 or so.

WJ639 was sold in 1988 to the North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland and is featured on my Surivors pages.

TT.18 TT.18 - WH718 "CW"
(Photo : Peter Hughes)

Another B.2 of 231 OCU which was converted to a TT.18 in 1967. The TT.18 Canberras were designed initially to be banner target tugs (TT). These Canberras all gravitated into 100 Sqd and were almost as colourful as the ETPS and DERA "rasberry ripple" schemes. This shot shows TT.18 WH718 "CW" with the high-visibility yellow and black stripes on the underside.
The TT.18s were fitted with Rushton towed targets - the winch/target can be seen under the wings. A slightly better view of the Rushton winch apparatus and drouge is given in the photo of WJ639 (above).

WJ680 - CT TT.18 - WJ680 - "CT"
(Photo : Peter Hughes)

The early Canberras, B.2, PR.3, T.4, had Mk1 (RA3) Avons with single-breech starters. Later Canberras, B.6, B(I)6, B(I)8, B.15, had Avon Mk109 engines provided with triple-breech cartridge starters - except the PR.9 which had Avon Mk209's. The foot-long brass cartridges were "very" collectable items and many an old Canberra man has flower vases or ashtrays made from them. The pilots generally liked to have the entrance door closed before a start as the cordite smoke was very pungent and sickly-sweet, the smell hung around for ages. The crew usually gave a quick shot of 100% oxygen to clear the smell in their masks.
This shot of 100 Sqd's WJ680 "CT" shows the smoke coming from the starboard engine's cartridge exhausts as it is started. The PR.9 didn't use cartridges, it was started with Avpin (foul and very dangerous stuff).
This aircraft is a "Survivor" - see WJ680

WK123 - R/Navy WK123 - Royal Navy
(via Mark Russell)

Even the Royal Navy had Canberras - although there are no reports of them trying to land one on a carrier! This Canberra, built as a B.2, was converted to a TT.18 in 1967 and delivered to the Navy's Fleet Requirements and Air Directions Unit at Yeovilton. In the photo it has a red band around the fuselage with the target tug's yellow/black undersides. Interestingly, the Navy seem to have painted the canopy white above the pilot - it really got hot in Canberras.

WK123 - CY TT.18 - WK123 - "CY"
(via Kev Darling)

Another picture of WK123, this time back in service with the RAF's 100 Sqd. It is still a TT.18, just as it was when it served with the Royal Navy.

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