English Electric Canberra TT.18
Rego: VH-ZSQ Military S/N: WJ680
The English Electric Canberra is an all-metal, semi-monocoque construction with a canti-levered wing and a wooden vertical stabiliser. English Electric and Handley Page manufactured a total of 926 with 48 manufactured by the Government Aircraft Factory in Australia, and 403 built by Martin in the United States as B-57’s for the U.S. Air Force. WJ680 entered service in December 1955 as part of 551 Wing RAF Bomber Command based at Gutersloh in Germany. However in February 1956 it suffered damage that resulted in its removal from service for 12 months. Shortly after its return to 59 Squadron, the aircraft again suffered extensive damage from a bird strike during a low level training mission. Its canopy was badly damaged, as were the engine cowlings, tailplane and the wooden fin fitted to the UK built machines.
Repaired yet again, the aircraft was reassigned to a UK based maintenance unit where it remained in storage for 10 years. In 1967, it was removed from storage and converted by British Aerospace to TT.18 standard carrying the Rushton designed target-towing system but, was again placed in storage until 1971. In December 1972, it was involved in yet another incident, which resulted in the ejection of the navigator. More repairs followed and it returned to 7 Squadron on target towing duties until 1980 flying without incident at which time it returned to British Aerospace at Salmesbury for major servicing.
Returning to 100 Squadron where it remained on strength until 18 December 1991 when it performed its last flight in RAF service. It was placed in open storage at RAF Wyton until sold in 1992 to Ron Mitchell. in 1994 G-BURM performed its first civil display at Duxford.
Temora Aviation Museum acquired the aircraft in May 2001. The Museum repainted the aircraft to represent those flown by the Royal Australian Air Force 2 Squadron during the Vietnam conflict. The aircraft is maintained in an airworthy condition and regularly flown at Museum Showcase Days and airshows.
EngineRolls-Royce RA.3 Avon Mk. 1
6,500lb (2,948 kg)
Engines feature a 9 stage axial compressor, 8 combustion stages and a single stage turbine.
FuelAviation Turbine Fuel (Jet Fuel)
Fuselage Tank Capacity:
Ventral Tank Capacity (2):
1,374 Imperial Gallons
250 Imperial Gallons
1,650 U.S. Gallons
311 U.S. Gallons
65' 6 "
960.3 sq. ft
89.20 sq. m
Maximum Takeoff weight:
ArmamentFour 750 lb (340 kg) M1117 general-purpose bombs in weapons bay plus two others mounted externally, one under each wingtip.