Airfix 1/72 Canberras Due August 3rd!
Both of the Airfix 1/72 scale Canberra model aircraft kits are due for release on the 3rd August and can be pre-ordered from wonderlandmodels.com today.
The B(I)8 was introduced to fill the role of a night-intruder bomber/interdictor flying low-level missions in the European theatre. In the bomber role, the B(I)8 only served with the RAF's Strike Squadrons in Germany. In its bomber configuration, this Canberra mark was part of the UK's Nuclear Strike Force and carried a US made weapon (Project E).
As well as a RAF bomber, large numbers of Canberras were ordered for photo reconnaissance duties culminating in the P.R-9. This was unarmed, carried seven cameras under the fuselage, with an increased wing area, plus more powerful Avons, which gave it a much greater operational ceiling. To ease production, the P.R.9 was built by Short Bros at Belfast, entering service in January 1960, and it still remained in RAF service at the start of the 21st Century.
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