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The story of the RAF Canberra that nearly crashed during a mock dogfight with PAF F-104s. Launched in 2016 by Dario Leone, an Italian lifelong - aviation geek, this blog is the right place where you can share your passion and meet other aviation enthusiasts from all over the world. RAFCommand's Aircraft Losses Database (Proof of Concept)! Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. The Canberra was designed for speed and, aside from its bomb load, carried no other weapons. `I decided The Times (London, England), Thursday, 15 November 1945; pg. 100 series Avons fitted to the Canberra didn’t like that sort of treatment. The only Canberra shot down during the Suez campaign was a PR.7 shot down by a Syrian Gloster Meteor fighter on 6 November 1956, the last day of the war. As the Canberra was finally withdrawn from front-line RAF service in 2006, this appears to be the last operational loss of a Canberra in RAF service. After so many years, it is hard to remember exactly one’s feelings about being a nuclear bomber. Lightning F 3s from No 56 Sqn, Turkish F-100 Super Sabres and Iranian F-4s were all routinely exercised with, and `Boz’ Robinson also deployed to Pakistan in May 1963 to provide practice intercept training for the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) as he recalls in Andrew Brookes’ book RAF Canberra Units of the Cold War; `The PAF requested that we remain below 40,000 ft, but when the Canberra had used up half of its fuel it could be cruise-climbed much higher.

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31 Killed In R.A.F. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. Drone Losses: Civilian Registered losses: Cross Reference by Type and Serial: These web pages are published with kind permission from Bob Dunn (Co-Founder of Wolverhampton Aviation Group). Suddenly, I saw two F-104s way below the left wing, and without any hope of carrying out an intercept on us. As a fighter pilot I thought it would be a good idea to even the score a little and, despite the briefing, climbed with my No 2, Dave Willis, toward 48.000 ft. My navigators were working hard, one keeping us on track, the other helping me with lookout to spot the incoming fighters. R.A.F. This meant that, for a number of years prior to the advent of the air-to-air missile, the Canberra was immune to manned interception. WJ866 was delivered to the RAF in October 1954, meaning that the aircraft crashed one month short of its 50th anniversary in RAF service. During its career the type equipped more than 40 squadrons and 546 examples were built. The Times (London, England), Monday, 8 October 1945; pg. Our target was a large city on the west coast of the Caspian Sea inside the Soviet Union — a place I visited in my later role as British air attache in Moscow. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, crashed at Elvetham, Hampshire after an engine fire, collided with a British European Airways Douglas DC-3 over Exhall, Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service, crashed into the ground in bad visibility, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloster_Meteor, "Type: Meteor NF 3 (WD-723). The navigator ejected but was injured. Canberra TT18: A&AEE: The pilot lost control of the aircraft at 4,000ft during an asymmetric assessment exercise. "27 Killed In Air Accident."

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