Martin WB-57F Canberra

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1975
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Martin 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 that 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.

The aircraft is currently undergoing restoration of all fiberglass components.

Wingspan 122 ft 5 in
Length 68 ft 8 in
Height 20 ft 5 in
Weight 63,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 483 mph
Service Ceiling 64,000 ft
Range 3,910 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-11A turbojets with 16,500 pounds of thrust
Crew 2