Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)

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Lot 99Ω
1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)

£ 50,000 - 70,000
US$ 66,000 - 92,000
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Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited
1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)

Footnotes

  • The English Electric Canberra is a British jet-powered bomber manufactured in large numbers throughout the 1950s. The Canberra could fly at a far higher altitude than any other bomber during the 1950s and went on to set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft in 1957. Due to its ability to evade the early jet interceptors and its significant performance advancement over contemporary piston-engined bombers, the Canberra was a popular export product and served with air forces of many nations.

    In addition to being a tactical nuclear strike aircraft, the Canberra proved to be highly adaptable, serving in varied roles such as tactical bombing, photographic and electronic reconnaissance. Canberras have served in numerous conflicts, mainly with the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Canberra was retired by the RAF in June 2006, 57 years after its first flight.

    Built as SH.1724 under contract 6/ACFT/14027/CB6 (a), to standard 9/Y/1. XH134 first flew on 9th October 1959 and served exclusively with the Royal Air Force until July 2006. The aircraft is one of twenty three built by the Short Brothers in Belfast during 1958 – 1959.

    XH134 has served on tours with 13 Sqn, 39(1 PRU) Sqn and 58 Sqns. In the early part of its life, it was used by the RAF for trials work including a period at Boscombe Down, the military flight test establishment.

    XH134 was one of five aircraft selected for a complete refurbishment in the early 1980s, which included the installation of advance American surveillance equipment and a data link system, as used in the Lockheed U2. These systems were highly regarded, making it a prized asset during several conflicts from Somalia in the 1990s through to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The aircraft was retired from RAF service on 31st July 2006 and flown to Kemble airfield with a total of 9281:20 airframe hours and 4556 landings. Part of the aircrafts retirement flight included a formation display with the famed Red Arrows. The aircraft was privately purchased and placed under the care of Delta Jets Ltd. Following an extensive restoration and modification programme by C2 Aviation Ltd, the aircraft flew for the first time since 2006 in July 2013 at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
    The aircraft has subsequently been sprayed in the Midair Squadron silver livery, appearing for the first time in this guise at the Goodwood Revival in September 2013. A full season of air shows were completed in 2014 finishing the year at Duxford's Autumn Airshow – this included a flight with the Vulcan Bomber.

    The Canberra currently requires its annual revalidation service plus some other detailed works, this estimate is available for viewing. Once completed XH134 will be the only airworthy Canberra PR9 in the world, and represents a most exciting opportunity to acquire a cold war bomber with superb history. Specialist knowledge of this aircraft and its restoration is held by C2 Aviation who are one of the few qualified companies by the CAA to work on the Canberra, more detail can be found at www.c2aviation.com

    The aircraft remains at C2 Aviation, Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, GL7 6FD and maybe viewed by appointment with Bonhams prior to the auction - contact Rob Hubbard, +44 (0) 20 7468 5805. The costs for hanger storage will be billed to the purchaser from Monday 21 March 2016.

    Should it be required the aircraft will be ready for collection from Monday 21 March 2016.


    Technical details:

    Communications fitted:
    Garmin 340, Garmin 650, Garmin SL30, Trig 22 & Mods Transponder

    LANDINGS: 4620
    AIRFRAME HOURS: 9323.20
    PRESSURISATIONS REMAINING: 606
    MAIN SPAR FI: 17.140581
    TAIL PLANE FI: 84.140581
    FIN FI: 44.1440581

    STBD ENG
    AVON 20601
    S/N: 8302/A658359
    TSO: 234.20
    TBO: 1400HRS LIFE REMAINING 1165.40

    PORT ENG
    AVON 20601
    S/N: 8336
    TSO: 574.15
    TBO: 1400HRS LIFE REMAINING 825.45

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Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
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Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
Appointed by the Receivers of Midair Squadron Limited,1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 (G-OMHD)
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