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Indian Canberra Bombers turn 50 – still the safest plane in the IAF

By johnboy 31 March 2006 4

Zee news from Pune in India have the exciting news that the Indian Air Force’s English Electric Canberra Bombers have turned 50 and are stll going strong as the safest planes in the Indian Air Force.

Starting from Congo to Goa liberation, to Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971 to Kargil, the Canberra has participated in all the major actions and has emerged victorious.

The wikipedia has an excellent entry on this amazing aircraft.

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Thumper 3:30 pm 31 Mar 06

We did lose one canberra in SVN in November 1970.

The crew was Robert Carver and Michael Herbert, both officially listed as MIA.

Lest we forget.

Thumper 1:37 pm 31 Mar 06


And yep, whilst the yanks had everything at their disposal, we used them to great effect in Vietnam.

Mr_Shab 12:55 pm 31 Mar 06

Apart from anything else, there are few more majestic-looking planes IMHO. Did anyone else see them fanging around at the end of WW2 60th anniversary last year? Cool as sh!t.

bonfire 12:23 pm 31 Mar 06

raaf used them in anger in vietnam. excellent accuracy.

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