English Electric/BAC Canberra B2 – 10 Sqn RAF, Nicosia, Cyprus, Suez Crisis 1956
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA34701: Canberra B2 of 10 Squadron RAF based at Nicosia, Cyprus during the Suez conflict in 1956. Fantastic model which really does have to be seen to be appreciated. Now hard to find. The only Corgi Canberra model with opening bomb doors. Interesting fact: Suez conflict allied aircraft were usually painted with black and yellow stripes. However a shortage of yellow paint meant that some had black and white stripes, resembling D-day invasion stripes from 1944.
Length 11 inches Wingspan 11.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box not perfect with a crease on the lower centre of the lid. Model is new.
The English Electric Canberra is a first-generation jet-powered light bomber manufactured in large numbers through the 1950s. The Canberra could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber through the 1950s and set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft (21,430 m) in 1957. Due to its ability to evade early interceptors, and its significant performance advancement over contemporary piston-engined bombers, the Canberra was a popular export product and served with many nations.
In addition to being a tactical nuclear strike aircraft, the Canberra proved to be highly adaptable, serving in varied roles such as tactical bombing and photographic and electronic reconnaissance. Canberras served in the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Indo-Pakistani Wars, and numerous African conflicts. In several wars, both of the opposing forces had Canberras in their air forces. The Canberra was retired by its first operator, the Royal Air Force (RAF), in June 2006, 57 years after its first flight. Two of the Martin B-57 variant remain in service, performing meteorological work for NASA, as well as providing electronic communication (Battlefield Airborne Communications Node or BACN) testing for deployment to Afghanistan.