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Cold War (1950-1974)
Discuss the aircraft modeling subjects during the Cold War period.
Hosted by Tim Hatton
RAF Canberra Units
British Columbia, Canada
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Posted: Monday, November 03, 2014 - 06:33 PM UTC
The English Electric Canberra, perhaps more than most, typified the RAF throughout the Cold War. It was the ultimate "Jack of all trades" aircraft, and it managed to outlast two generations of crew members before finally being retired.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 02:03 AM UTC
The Canberra is one of the few Cold War aircraft that holds my imagination. Truly one of the greatest aircraft of the Cold War - and beyond! Canberras still fly today with NASA as the WB-57 (About 10 years ago, for about a week, there was one orbiting over my neighborhood above 60,000! Occasionally could see this little bright dot in the sky.):
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Mission Statement:
The NASA WB-57 Program provides unique, high-altitude airborne platforms to US Government agencies, academic institutions, and commercial customers in order to support scientific research and advanced technology development and testing at locations around the world. Mission examples include atmospheric and earth science, ground mapping, cosmic dust collection, rocket launch support, and test bed operations for future airborne or spaceborne systems.

The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas is the home of the NASA WB-57 High Altitude Research Program. Three fully operational WB-57 aircraft are based near JSC at Ellington Field. The aircraft have been flying research missions since the early 1960's, and continue to be an asset to the scientific community with professional, reliable, customer-oriented service designed to meet all scientific objectives.*

Long live Canberra!

*Gahring, Scott. "WB-57 Home." WB-57 Home. NASA, 10 Jan. 2014. Web. 04 Nov. 2014.