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RB-57A "Canberra"

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RB-57A Canberra

This is the only non-U.S. design aircraft adopted for service by the United States Air Force after World War II. The first Martin-built Canberra flew on 20 July 1953. The major modifications included the use of the Wright J65-W-1 engines. The RB-57A, used from 1954 to 1957 by the 363rd Tactical Air Command Reconnaissance Wing, held cameras and bombs. Production of this variant totaled 67. The first B-57B flew on 28 June 1954 and was delivered to Tactical Air Command in January 1955, with production totaling 202.

The B-57B had different armament and a remodeled cockpit. Laser modifications allowed the B-57B to be employed at night in Vietnam. This versatile aircraft has been used for aerial policing of nuclear test-ban treaties, electronic reconnaissance over communist territory, training missions, target towing, weather research, and intercept training. The B-57B production ended in 1963.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: Martin
Wing Span: 64 ft
Length: 65 ft 6 in
Height: 15 ft 7 in
Empty Weight: 25,481 lb
Gross Weight: 55,000 lb
Quantity Produced: 403
Speed: 582 mph
Power Plant: Wright J65-W-5
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