Royal Air Force English Electric Canberra TT.18 WJ639
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Operator: Royal Air Force - WJ639
Aircraft: English Electric - Canberra TT.18
Airport: UK - England - Sunderland
Category: Main database
Photo taken on 2008-8-1 by Wallace Shackleton [Contact]
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(15.8.2008, 14:47 CET)
From the NEAM web site, "Built by Handley Page at Radlett as a B.2, WJ639 was ready for collection on 31 May 1954. Taken into RAF charge, it was initially issued 57Sqn at RAF Coningsby before conversion to TT.18 type. During February 1971, WJ639 was used for a trial installation to assess banner towing capability at BAC Warton. In the July of 1971, it served with the Aircraft & Armament Experimental Establishment and stayed with A&AEE until it was transferred to BAC Samlesbury for modifications in the September. In January 1973, it arrived at Flight Refuelling Ltd for a series of trial installations of modifications. At some time during the late 70s WJ639, still configured as a TT.18, was transferred back to the charge of the RAF joining 7 Sqn at RAF St Mawgan. There it stayed until 7 Sqn closed down in December 1981 when it, and several other Canberras, were sold to BAe. WJ639 was acquired from BAe by NEAM for a nominal sum. It arrived by road on during June 1988."