Canberra comeback?

It entered service with the Royal Air Force in May 1951 and stayed in service so long the joke was its 1970s replacement, the Multi Role Combat Aircraft, or MRCA, actually stood for More Refurbished Canberras Again. The MRCA became the Tornado, but the English Electric Canberra soldiered on and was finally retired in July 2006.

Now the final three reconnaissance Canberra PR9s that were operated by 39 Sqn are up for sale. Check the classified ads at the back of this week’s Flight, or visit the seller at www.midairsa.com. My colleague Craig Hoyle, Flight’s defence guru, jokes they will probably be bought by someone who will lease them back to the UK MoD…

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For sale: one careful owner (MoD photo)

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