Air Pictorial 1999-05
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D.Gordon - Martin's photo-Canberras
At the 1957 Paris Air Show, the USAF provided B-57B 52-1577 for static display. This variant was the first to have the tandem, two-seat fighter canopy, adapted to improve visibility when conducting low-level tactical operations.
Pictured at RAF Wethersfield’s Armed Forces Day in June 1957, RB-57A 52-1456 of the 30th TRS, 66th TRW, proved to be a visitor not usually seen in the UK.
High over what was then West Germany, RB-57A 52-1481 poses during a photo-sortie shortly after delivery and before the squadron markings had been applied to the fin and tip-tanks.
Two RB-57As fly a loose formation with one of the 10th TRW’s B-57C dual control trainers, 53-3851 nearest to the camera and one of 38 built. Note that the tip tanks were not always carried, as indicated by the left-hand machine.
In 1957, the RAF Canberra was the backbone of Nato’s 2nd Tactical Air Force, and this mixed formation was flown with a 1st TRS RB-57A. On the left is a No 17 Sqn PR. 7, at the top is a B(I).8 and on the right, a T.4.
The 13th RB-57A makes a low flypast at Martin’s Baltimore plant before delivery to the USAF. The badges are of the 1st TRS (left) and the 30th TRS.
Bombs and cameras underline the offensive role of the RB-57A, in this view of a 1st TRS aircraft at Spangdahlem in 1955.
The day after its arrival at Spangdahlem on October 24, 1954, the RB-57A was demonstrated to base personnel.
After serving with the 1st TRS from 1955 to 1957, RB-57A 52-1490 passed to the Arkansas Air National Guard.
In 1957, the RAF Canberra was the backbone of Nato’s 2nd Tactical Air Force, and this mixed formation was flown with a 1st TRS RB-57A. On the left is a No 17 Sqn PR. 7, at the top is a B(I).8 and on the right, a T.4.
In 1957, the RAF Canberra was the backbone of Nato’s 2nd Tactical Air Force, and this mixed formation was flown with a 1st TRS RB-57A. On the left is a No 17 Sqn PR. 7, at the top is a B(I).8 and on the right, a T.4.