B-57 Canberra Special Edition CD

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  • CD contains 4 magazines
  • All in Acrobat PDF format
  • Print a personal copy
  • Allow 1 week for US delivery

August 1977

  • Dark Hunter, Grumman’s F6F-5N Nightfighters
  • Buy British!, B-57 Most Long-lived Combat Design
  • Sky Conquerer, Mexico’s Forgotten Eagle
  • The First Fighter, Boeing’s PW-9

September 1977

  • Speed Merchant, Howard Hughes H-1
  • From The Halls Of Montezuma, Marine Air Museum
  • Buy British, Pt II of B-57 Canberra Story
  • Sea-Going Boeings, FB Carrier Fighter Line

October 1977

  • Skybolt Pt IX, Escort Fighter over Europe
  • Buy British, Conclusion of the B-57 Canberra Story
  • Pictorial History of the 391st Bomber Group, Martin Marauder

August 1982

  • Firefox – Hollywood’s Mach 6 Interceptor
  • The JU-88, 188, 288, and 388 Nightfighters
  • Last flight of the B-57 Canberra

Bonus Features

  • B-57B Flight Handbook 1957
  • B-57C Flight Handbook 1957
  • RB-57A Flight Handbook 1956
  • RB-57F Flight Manual 1971
  • Over 100 photos of the B-57 Canberra!

Vital Statistics

b57-diagramGeneral characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot,navigator )
  • Length: 65 ft, 6 in (20.0 m)
  • Wingspan: 64 ft 0 in (19.5 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 10 in (4.52 m)
  • Wing area: 960 ft² (89 m²)
  • Empty weight: 27,090 lb (12,285 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 40,345 lb (18,300 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 53,720 lb (24,365 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Wright J65-W-5 turbojets, 7,220 lbf (32.1 kN) each
  • *Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0119
  • Drag area: 11.45 ft² (1.06 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 4.27

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.79 (598 mph, 960 km/h) at 2,500 ft (760 m)
  • Cruise speed: 476 mph (414 knots, 765 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 124 mph (108 knots, 200 km/h)
  • Combat radius: 950 mi (825 nm, 1,530 km) with 5,250 lb (2,380 kg) of bombs
  • Ferry range: 2,720 mi (2,360 nm, 4,380 km)
  • Service ceiling: 45,100 ft (13,745 m)
  • Rate of climb: 6,180 ft/min (31.4 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 42 lb/ft² (205 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.36
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 15.0

Armament

  • Guns: 4× 20 mm (0.787 in) M39 cannon, 290 rounds/gun
  • Bombs:
    • 4,500 lb (2,000 kg) in bomb bay, including nuclear bombs
    • 2,800 lb (1,300 kg) on four external hardpoints, including unguided rockets

Avionics

  • APW-11 Bombing Air Radar Guidance System
  • SHORAN bombing system
  • APS-54 Radar Warning Receiver

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 68 ft. 10 in. (20.98 m)
  • Wingspan: 122 ft 5 in (37.5 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 10 in (4.52 m)
  • Wing area: 1884 ft² (175 m²)
  • Useful load: 4,000 lbs (1,800 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 65,000 lbs (29,500 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-11A turbofans, 16,000 lbf (71 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.79 (546 mph / 475 knots) 878 km/h
  • Combat radius: 4,000 miles / 3475 nautical miles (6,400 km)
  • Service ceiling: 82,000 ft (25,000 m)
B-57A
First production version; eight built.
B-57B
Definitive production version, tandem cockpit, 8x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns or 4x 20 mm cannons, four underwing hardpoints; 202 built.
B-57C
Dual-control trainer, first flight: 30 December 1954; 38 built.
B-57E
Target tug, first flight: 16 May 1956; 68 built.
B-57G
B-57Bs modified as night intruders with FLIR, LLTV and laser designator in the nose, capable of using laser-guided bombs; 16 converted.
EB-57A
Electronic aggressor aircraft converted from RB-57As.
EB-57B
ECM aircraft converted from B-57Bs.
EB-57D
ECM aircraft converted from RB-57Ds.
EB-57E
Electronic aggressor aircraft converted from RB-57Es.
RB-57A
Photo reconnaissance version with cameras installed aft of the bomb bay; 67 built. RB-57A avionics included an AN/APS-11A transponder and AN/APA-90 Indicator Group for command guidance (LEFT, RIGHT, CLIMB, DESCEND, BOMB, etc.) and was tested for “MSQ-1 controlled pinpoint photography” in 1954 (“Night Photo Bombing” capacity was 21 M-120 Photoflash Bombs).
RB-57B
Photo-reconnaissance aircraft converted from B-57Bs.
RB-57D
High-altitude strategic reconnaissance version, J57-P-9 engines, wingspan increased to 105 ft (32.00 m), first flight: 3 November 1955; 20 built.
RB-57E
B-57Es modified to all-weather reconnaissance aircraft, used in “Patricia Lynn” missions during the Vietnam War; six converted.
RB-57F
High-altitude strategic reconnaissance version developed by General Dynamics. Pratt & Whitney TF33 turbofan engines, wingspan increased to 122 ft (37.5 m), first flight 23 June 1963; 21 built.
WB-57D
Air Weather Service RB-57Ds used for nuclear atmospheric sampling testing.
WB-57F
Air Weather Service RB-57Fs re-designation after June, 1968
B-57A
  • 52-1480 – Kansas Air National Guard 190th Air Refueling Wing complex, Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Topeka, Kansas.
RB-57A
  • 52-1426 – Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan.
  • 52-1446 – Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Middle River, Maryland.
  • 52-1459 – Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads, New York.
  • 52-1467 – Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Middle River, Maryland.
  • 52-1475 – Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, Georgia.
  • 52-1482 – USAF History and Traditions Museum, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas.
  • 52-1485 – Selfridge Military Air Museum and Air Park, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan.
  • 52-1488 – New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
  • 52-1492 – Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill AFB, Utah. In April 1968, this aircraft was delivered to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, and was displayed there until 1982 when it was transferred to the Hill Aerospace Museum.
B-57B
  • 52-1499 – National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. This aircraft was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio as a test aircraft in the early 1960s. In 1965, it was returned to combat configuration to replace combat losses in Southeast Asia. It was assigned to the 8th Bomb Squadron at Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam in 1967, where it flew combat missions for 2½ years. Upon return to the United States, it was converted to an electronic countermeasures EB-57B and was flown to the museum in August 1981. It is on display in the Museum’s Modern Flight gallery where it replaced an RB-57A (AF Ser. No. 52-1492) that had been on display at the Museum since April 1968. In 2012 Museum staff reconverted it to stock B-57B configuration and placed it back on display.
  • 52-1576 – Air Force Flight Test Center Museum, Edwards AFB, California.
  • 52-1584 – Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
EB-57B
  • 52-1500 – Vermont Air National Guard 158th Fighter Wing complex at Burlington Air National Guard Base at Burlington International Airport in Burlington, Vermont.
  • 52-1504 – Dyess Linear Air Park, Dyess AFB, Texas.
  • 52-1505 – Malmstrom AFB Museum and Air Park, Malmstrom AFB, Montana.
  • 52-1506 – Celebrity Row, Davis-Monthan AFB (North Side), Tucson, Arizona.
  • 52-1509 – Laughlin AFB, Texas.
  • 52-1516 – Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida.
  • 52-1519 – March Field Air Museum, March ARB (former March AFB), Riverside, California.
  • 52-1526 – Kansas National Guard Museum, Topeka, Kansas.
  • 52-1548 – South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • 52-1551 – in storage at Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.
B-57C
  • 53-3841 – 314th Airlift Wing complex, Little Rock AFB in Little Rock, Arkansas.
B-57E
  • 55-4244 – Strategic Air and Space Museum near Offutt AFB in Ashland, Nebraska.
  • 55-4274 – Pima Air and Space Museum, adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona.
EB-57E
  • 55-4253 – Castle Air Museum (former Castle AFB) in Atwater, California.
  • 55-4279 – Peterson Air and Space Museum at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 55-4293 – Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum at the former Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado.
RB-57D
  • 53-3982 – National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. This RB-57D is one of the 13 photoreconnaissance RB-57Ds. Painted as it appeared in the late 1950s while it served in the 4025th SRS(L), it went on display in 2004.

WB-57F

  • 63-13503 (N926NA) – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Houston, Texas.
  • 63-13295 (N927NA) – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Houston, Texas.
  • 63-13298 (N928NA) – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Houston, Texas.

WB-57F

  • 63-13293 – Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, Georgia.
  • 63-13501 (N925NA) – Pima Air & Space Museum adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. (unrestored)

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