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CK 17
03-25-2015, 10:07 PM
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin/General_Dynamics_RB-57F_Canberra

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BrianW
03-25-2015, 10:12 PM
Interesting...


The three remaining flightworthy WB-57Fs are technically assigned to the NASA Johnson Space Center (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Johnson_Space_Center), next to Ellington Field (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellington_Field) in Houston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston), as high-altitude scientific research aircraft,[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_B-57_Canberra#cite_note-nasa_jsc-1) but are also used for testing and communications in the U.S. and Afghanistan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_B-57_Canberra

Reynard38
03-25-2015, 10:46 PM
Old school.

Paul Girouard
03-25-2015, 10:57 PM
I'll ask Bill if he's flown it. Hope the guy remembered to drop his gear before he landed.

Gerarddm
03-26-2015, 02:14 AM
IIRC, they used Canberras to napalm the aliens at the end of The Crawling Eye, one of the best 1950s horror films.

Talking about low flybys, saw a photo once of a B52 doing a close flyby of a CVN and it was so low the fuselage was below the level of the flight deck.

skuthorp
03-26-2015, 02:45 AM
Beautiful aircraft with deceptively simple lines.

The Bigfella
03-26-2015, 08:57 AM
I've seen this still-flying Aussie one in the air

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Third/Canberranose_zpsed11afd9.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Third/Canberranose_zpsed11afd9.jpg.html)

Took this shot of it flying slightly less low, with Australia's sole flying WW2 bomber.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Third/CanberraandHudson_zps0017c847.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Third/CanberraandHudson_zps0017c847.jpg.html)

Canoez
03-26-2015, 09:20 AM
Interesting...

Further along in that Wiki article:


For many years two WB-57F Canberras (NASA 926 and NASA 928) were flown and maintained by NASA for high altitude atmospheric research. These same two aircraft also deployed alternately to Afghanistan for use as communications platforms that fly high over an area linking various communications devices on the battlefield and in the air. This is the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system (BACN).[12] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_B-57_Canberra#cite_note-12) In 2011 it was determined that a third aircraft was needed to satisfy mission requirements and an additional WB-57 was removed from the 309th AMARG after over 40 years at Davis-Monthan AFB and returned to flight status in August 2013 as NASA 927

MMMmmmm. Bacon.

CK 17
03-26-2015, 09:46 AM
The side by side version. Looks like you'd need to use your co pilots knee as an arm rest :O



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ahp
03-26-2015, 02:25 PM
I remember seeing one of those with the extended wings and the additional engines in pods at General Dynamics, Ft Worth about 1960.

AnalogKid
03-26-2015, 04:03 PM
One of Teddy Petter's subsequent designs flying low, but capable of intercepting U2s

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/474x/3b/b6/fe/3bb6fec79168b78adf3167101e977388.jpg

The airbrakes are deployed so I'm guessing this is a low pass as part of a display rather than a quick gear-up ready for vertical climb. That manoeuvre wasn't much used in the last years of service and being in full northern-European camo, this must be an 1980s photo.

johnw
03-26-2015, 04:30 PM
I've seen this still-flying Aussie one in the air

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Third/Canberranose_zpsed11afd9.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Third/Canberranose_zpsed11afd9.jpg.html)

Took this shot of it flying slightly less low, with Australia's sole flying WW2 bomber.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Third/CanberraandHudson_zps0017c847.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Third/CanberraandHudson_zps0017c847.jpg.html)

Good lord, my father was in B-57s when I was about 3 years old! It's incredible that any are still flying.

AnalogKid
03-26-2015, 04:33 PM
Apparently there's a couple of Canberrras (British built, not B57 versions) being used commercially in Washington state. - from the Wikipedia section on survivors:


United States[edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=English_Electric_Canberra&action=edit&section=27)]

Two British-built Canberras are registered to High Altitude Mapping Missions, Inc. of Spokane, Washington.[145] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Canberra#cite_note-150)[146] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Canberra#cite_note-151) These are N30UP, a Canberra B(I)8/B.2/6, originally operated as WT327,[147] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Canberra#cite_note-152) and N40UP, a Canberra B6, originally operated as XH567.[148] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Canberra#cite_note-153)These two aircraft were previously operated by Air Platforms Inc in Lakeport California.[citation needed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)]

pila
03-26-2015, 09:53 PM
We had one here in a museum for a while, before the museum folded. We did taxi it to where it was put on stands, with the tires off of the ground. It had a Kaufmann (sp) type starter, with a cartridge to start it. Seemed like it took some time to spool up to idle RPM....not sure if it was a B57 or the English Electric version.....

WX
03-27-2015, 04:10 AM
https://youtu.be/TGGynxYbA48
B17 low level

Paul Girouard
03-29-2015, 04:21 PM
Bill never flew it , but understood it to be a "sweet machine,,,, except single engine."

Cuyahoga Chuck
03-29-2015, 08:12 PM
In WWII the leading P-47 pilot, Francis Gabreski, saw his career go up in smoke when a maneuever caused his prop to hit the ground. He survived and was taken prisoner. Sorry, no picture!

Vince Brennan
03-29-2015, 10:20 PM
Reminded of a great little post the Chuckster put up about buzzing a carrier in the South China Sea, complete with injected oil smoke....


Gawd How one person can be so painfully missed!