How to display the Canberra — by Roland Beamont

As soon as it took its public bow, the English Electric Canberra stunned onlookers with its turn of agility. Roland Beamont, later a regular Aeroplane Monthly author, was the man who forged the legend… but not without some opposition

Roland Beamont joined English Electric after spells at Gloster and de Havilland.
Roland Beamont joined English Electric after spells at Gloster and de Havilland. AEROPLANE

From its first flight, which took place on the inauspicious-sounding date of Friday 13 May 1949, the flight trials of the prototype English Electric B3/45, VN799, were highly successful. After a short lay-up from 1 June to 5 July for modifications to the elevator horns and mass-balances and to the rudder horn balance area, progress continued rapidly: in 36 flights between 6 July and 31 August, handling clearance was achieved over the whole initial design flight envelope; an ‘eight-cycle’ flutter had been alleviated by the elevator modifications, and some ‘snaking’, traced to wake turbulence behind the canopy, had been cured by a simple fairing.


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