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Black Box Canberras: British Test & Trials: 1951-1994 hardcover by Hikoki Publications
The English Electric Canberra was the UK's first jet bomber, serving over 50 years as a versatile RAF multi-role aircraft. This detailed illustrated history will be an invaluable resource for aviation enthusiasts, modelers, and Cold War historians.
English Electric's Canberra saw an unbroken 46 years of service in the UK as a test and trials aircraft from 1951 until final retirement in 1994. Flown by Government research establishments, military units and military defense contractors on a vast range of tasks, the versatile Canberra contributed to the development of aircraft engines, airborne radars, reconnaissance sensors, aircrew equipment, nuclear weapons, conventional armament, missiles and much more.
The Canberra was flown in particular as a platform for the majority of post-war UK-developed airborne interception radars, from AI.18 through AI.20, AI.23 and a number of experimental radars, to AI.24 Foxhunter and beyond.
Other projects covered included missile program; electro-optical sensors for the TSR-2 optical linescan; reconnaissance radars for the V-Force and the TSR.2's P.391 SLAR and the ASTOR SAR that led to the Sentinel R.1. The UK stealth program and the 'Rubber Duck' Canberra is examined as are Double Scorpion and Spectre rocket engines as well as aiming systems and the Q-band strike radar.
The huge variety of airframe modifications and color schemes of these special aircraft are fully illustrated making this an invaluable book for the aviation enthusiast, modeler and historian.
228 pages, 250 photographs, hardcover, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" (inches)
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- Code 183634
- EAN 9781902109534
- SKU 9781902109534
- Weight 600