2 in stock
2 in stock
Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA34702: Martin RB-57A Canberra of the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing based at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina in 1954. Fantastic model in gloss black paintwork, which was intended to minimise searchlight detection. Truly has to be seen to be appreciated. Limited edition of only 2300.
Length 11 inches Wingspan 11.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box is not perfect, with several creases to the underside. 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