THE ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA RECORDS

During the first ten years the English Electric Canberra was hardly ever out of the newspapers as a record breaker. By 1958 this remarkable bomber had achieved no less than 19 flight records and three altitude records that had been officially recognised. There were a number of "unofficial" records that, without official observance, went unrecorded. In the table below, the speed given is the "average" speed in mph.

FLIGHT RECORDS [POINT-TO-POINT]

Date

Event

Type

Serial

Time

Crew

Speed

1951

21 Feb

Atlantic crossing Aldergrove to Gander

B.2

WD932

4h 37m

SqdLdr A.Caillard, FltLt Haskett, FltLt A.Robson

Unofficial

31 Aug

Atlantic crossing Aldergrove to Gander

B.2

WD940

4h 18m

WgCmdr R.Beamont, DA Watson, R.Rylands

481.12

1952

18 Feb

London/Tripoli

B.2

WD962

2h 41m 49.5s

SqdLdr L.Devigne, FltLt P.Hunt,

538.12

26 Aug

Atlantic double crossing - Aldergrove to Gander and back

B.5

VX185

10h 3m 29s

WgCdr R.Beamont, Peter Hillwood, Dennis Watson

411.99

26 Aug

Atlantic crossing Gander to Aldergrove/

B.5

VX185

3h 25m 18s

WgCdr R.Beamont, Peter Hillwood, Dennis Watson (?)

605.52

25 Sept

UK/Luqa (Malta) and back

   

6h 5m

AVM Dermot Boyle, FgOff R.Brownlow, Sgt T.Cramp

Unofficial

28 Sept

London/Nairobi

B.2

WD987

9h 55m 16s

WgCdr H.Connelly, SqdLdr D.Clare, ACM Sir Hugh Loyd

427.3

1953

27 Jan

London/Karachi (en route on next item)

PR.3

VX181

8h 52m 28s

FltLt M Whittington, FltLt J.Brown

441.8

27/28 Jan

London/Darwin

PR.3

VX181

22h 0m 21s

FltLt M Whittington, FltLt J.Brown

391.2

8 Oct

London/Iraq (Basra), during NZ Air Race

PR.3

WE139

5h 11m 5s

FltLt R.Burton, FltLt D.Gannon

554.3

8/9 Oct

London/New Zealand Air Race

PR.3

WE139

23h 50m 42s

FltLt R.Burton, FltLt D.Gannon

494.48

8/9 Oct

London/Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

PR.7

WH773

10h 25m 21s

WgCdr L.Hodges, SqdLdr R.Currie

519.5

17 Dec

London/South Africa (Capetown)

B.2

WH699 Aries IV

12h 21m 3s

WgCdr G.Petty, SqdLdr T.McGarry, SqdLdr J.raig

486.6

19 Dec

Capetown/London

B.2

WH699 Aries IV

13h 16m 25s

WgCdr A.Humphrey, SqdLdr D.Bower, SqdLdr R.Powell

452.8

1954

14/15 Oct

Norway/Canada. 1st British jet flight over the North Pole

B.2

WH699 Aries IV

6h 43m

WgCdr A.Humphrey, SqdLdr D.Bower, FltLt F.Wood

N/A

1955

28 Feb

Scampton/Cyprus (Nicosia)

   

4h 13m

AVM J.Whitley

Unofficial

28 June

Ottawa/London

B.2

WH699 Aries IV

6h 42m 12s

SqdLdr I.Broom

496.82

23 Aug

London/New York

PR.7

Wt528

7h 29m 57s

Capt J.Hackett, Peter Moneypenny

461.12

23 Aug

New York/London

PR.7

WT528

6h 17m

Capt J.Hackett, Peter Moneypenny

550.35

23 Aug

London/New York/London

PR.7

WT528

14h 21m 45s

Capt J.Hackett, Peter Moneypenny

481.52

24 Oct

Wyton/Khormaksar [58 Sqd Canberra]

PR.7

WT504

7h 45m

SqdLdr E.Holloway,FgOff Broom

Unofficial

1956

16 Feb

London/Cairo.

B(I)8

WT329

3h 57m 19s

Peter Hillwood, Dennis Watson

551.8

1957

25 May

Tokyo/London

PR.7

WT528 Aries V

17h 42m 2s

WgCdr W.Hoy, FltLt P.Lageson, FltLt J.Denis

335.7

1958

22 Feb

Washington/Caracas [T.4 delivery]

T.4

2E-39

4h 10m 59s

Capt J.Hackett, Peter Moneypenny and FAV officer

492.95

ALTITUDE RECORDS

1953

4 May

With Bristol Olympus engines

B.2

WD952

63,668 ft

W.F. Gibb

 

1955

29 Aug

With Bristol Olympus engines

B.2

WD952

65,890 ft

W.F. Gibb

 

1957

28 Aug

With Scorpion rocket motor

B.2

WK163

70,310 ft

Mike Randrup

 

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