Canberra the Operational Record by Robert Jackson lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Airlife, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;
From the cover: For nearly forty years the English Electric Canberra has been a familiar sight, not only in British skies but all around the world in both war and peace. This comprehensively illustrated book tells the full story of the trials, the few tribulations and the many successes of this classic aircraft across those years.
The Canberra, Britains first jet bomber, was a replacement for the DH Mosquito. Its introduction to service was a very low-key affair until the Korean War proved that the new swept-wing MiG-15 jet fighters of the communist countries had outdated, almost at a stroke, the Wests piston-engined bombers, such as the B-29, B-50 and Lincoln.
Britain desperately needed a jet bomber, capable of holding its own with the new generation of fighters, until the V-bomber force became effective. Fortunately, there was the Canberra, which was put into superpriority production to bridge the gap. It fulfilled its purpose to such good effect that even the USA built it under licence as the Martin B-57. Thereafter, for over three decades, Britain was fortunate to be able to depend on W E W Fetters inspired design, refurbished time and again to meet not only the countrys ever-changing defence requirements, but also those of a host of overseas customers.
Robert Jacksons painstaking research has produced a definitive record of the operational history of these versatile aircraft, from inception in 1944 to the survivors of 1988. His book accurately traces each progressive stage of development of the Canberra that took place, as ever-increasing demands were made upon it to perform such diverse tasks as high and low altitude bombing, training, photo reconnaissance, special duties and target drone.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 168 pages. Index. 9¾” x 7¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Military Air Force category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!