Martin/General Dynamics WB-57F Canberra

A picture of the Martin/General Dynamics WB-57F Canberra

The B-57 is one of only two major combat aircraft of foreign design adopted for use by the United States military since the end of World War II.  The first of the bomber variants went into service in 1954.  In 1955, a major redesign of the Canberra was begun to develop a high-altitude reconnaissance version.  This version called the RB-57D proved to be of limited use due to problems with the new long wing which eventually led to the grounding of the aircraft.  General Dynamics designed an even larger wing that solved the problem.  The RB-57Fs were rebuilt from earlier aircraft and given new serial numbers along with their new wings.

Wingspan

122 ft 5 in.

Length

68 ft 8 in.

Height

20 ft 5 in.

Weight

63,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

483 MPH

Service Ceiling

64,000 ft

Range

3,910 miles

Engines

Two Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-11A turbojets with 16,500 pounds of thrust each and two Pratt & Whitney J60-P-9 turbojets with 2, 900 pounds of thrust each

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Martin/General Dynamics

Markings
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1975

Designation
WB-57F

Registration
N925NA

Serial Number
63-13501

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