New display to be available from May 1-31, 2011
Work on a temporary ìCanberra 60th Anniversary Displayî has recently started at the Newark Air Museum. It is being prepared to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Canberra (the RAFís first jet bomber) entering service with 101 Squadron at RAF Binbrook, Lincs in May 1951.
The display will focus on RAF Canberra Operations and it will be installed in Hangar 2 at the museum, alongside the National Benchmark Canberra B(I)8 airframe, WV787 and the quarter scale Radar Reflective B2 model.
A previously displayed set of graphics will be supplemented by some new material gathered from the Research Files of ëCanberra Authorityí, Peter Green. An extensive collection of Peterís Research Files have been added to the Museum Archive and this new display will allow some of that material to be displayed to the museum visitors.
It is also hoped that various former Canberra air and ground crew will be visiting the museum next May to renew their acquaintance with the various Canberra aircraft and cockpits that are displayed at the museum.
When volunteers are available to look after the airframe the museum hopes to allow some access to the Canberra B(I)8 cockpit ñ visitors will need to check in advance to see whether this airframe is open.