Great Planes - Martin B-57 Canberra by Discovery Channel. This video shows the development and history of the B-57 inluding the modifications made on the various models. (53:56)
A confidential film made by the Glenn L. Martin Company, this movie shows emergency landing procedures for a B-57 Canberra aircraft. In one instance, the pilot makes a successful landing but in another he does not, with fatal results. (7:47)
This vintage 1953 16mm film takes place in either Japan or Korea. Maybe both locations are possible. There is some nice footage of the Martin B-57 Canberra flying and also several aircraft starting at once. The explosive cartridge engine starters used on the B-57 is quite impressive. (11:29)
Larry B. Mason -- Air Force Cross winner for heroism in Vietnam while flying a Martin B-57 Canberra. (0:32)
Canberra using cartridge gas generator start up of it's RR Avons. Filmed especially for Bob who wanted a nice shot of this procedure. (2:29)
Starting, bombing and loading bombs, etc. Great shot of B-57 in Camo paint. (0:42)
) Courtesy: NASA Glenn Research Center NASA website.
In the fall of 1955, the power plant laboratory of Wright Field, headed by Col. Norman C. Appold, planned an experiment to determine the feasibility of flying an airplane fueled with liquid hydrogen.
The airplane selected for the project was the B-57B twin-engine bomber powered by Curtiss Wright J-65 turbojet engines. The basic plan was to equip the airplane with a hydrogen fuel system, independent of its regular fuel system, and modify one engine to operate on hydrogen as well as its regular fuel, which was JP-4 (kerosene). The airplane was to take off and climb on its regular fuel. After reaching level flight at about 16400 meters, the fuel on one engine was to be switched from JP-4 to hydrogen. When the hydrogen experiment was complete, the fuel flow would be switched back to JP-4 and the airplane would return to base under its normal operating conditions.
The hydrogen fuel tank on the left wing of the airplane was 6.2 meters long with a volume of 1.7 cubic meters. The stainless steel tank was designed for a pressure of 3.4 atmospheres and insulated by a 5-centimeter coat of plastic foam, covered by aluminum foil and encased in a fiberglass covering. On the opposite wing was the helium supply consisting of 24 fiberglass spheres charged to 200 atmospheres. The helium was used for pressurizing the hydrogen tank and for purging. A heat exchanger for vaporizing the liquid hydrogen, a flow regulator, and a manifold for feeding gaseous hydrogen to the engine comprised the rest of the hydrogen system.
On 13 February 1957, the first of three successful flights was made and the fuel system worked well. The transition to hydrogen was made in two steps. The hydrogen lines were first purged, then the engine was operated on JP-4 and gaseous hydrogen simultaneously. After two minutes of operations on the mixture, Algranti switched to hydrogen alone. The transition was relatively smooth and there was no appreciable change in engine speed or tailpipe temperature. The engine ran for about 20 minutes on hydrogen. The pilots found that the engine responded well to throttle changes when using hydrogen. When the supply was almost exhausted, the speed began to drop. As this became apparent, Algranti switched back to JP-4 and the engine accelerated smoothly to its operating speed. The engine burning hydrogen had produced a dense and persistent condensation trail, while the other engine operating on JP-4 left no trail. (1:42)
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Selected aircraft scenes from joint Air Force film stock shot with the Japanese Air Self Defense Force in 1956. (1:03)
Short flight display of the English Electric Canberra bomber B-57 or Canberra bomber. (1:25)
B-57 Canberra during operation Hardtack Pacific proving ground (test site) 1958. The sound in this clip is not original. I used B-36 Peacemaker turboprop engine hul (I know this is not authentic and all, but it sounds very atmospheric and creepy) and some ambient effects. Sound of explosion is used from the "Gadget" test. (0:40)
One of the most interesting exhibits at Wings over the Rockies is the Martin B-57 Canberra. On "Open Cockpit" days, you can actually sit in the plane which saw distinguished service in Vietnam and also as a high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. Visit WingMuseum website to learn more about the B-57 and Open Cockpit Days plus the extensive variety of other aircraft and displays at Wings over the Rockies. (2:04)
Martin B-57 Canberra in Vietnam, Walter Cronkite does the spotting. (1:45)
English Electric Canberra Races The Sun (1951) Flying to America for evaluation. (1:20)
Wing to Wing - RAF aircraft, Australian Meteors and their commitment to Western defence through NATO. Supply lines, support in Asia, B36 Super Fortresses, Martin B-57 Canberra, Vickers Valiant, de Havilland Vampire aircraft in action. (10:00)
A Martin/General Dynamics B57 takes off and performs a low pass at Centennial Airport 8/9/13. In chase is Independence Aviation's Chief Instructor Chuck Gensler in our Cirrus SR22T N248CB. (4:36)
An attempt to combine both led to one B-57G being modified to house a special bomb bay installation of one Emerson TAT-161 turret with a single M61 20mm cannon as a gunship under project Pave Gat. Poor results led to this system not being produced and the prototype was not deployed to the theatre. (0:55)
Martin WB-57F Canberra high altitude research aircraft departing Ellington Field, Houston, Texas. There are only two of these aircraft left in the world in flying condition. Both aircraft are based at Ellington Field and are operated by NASA's Johnson Space Center. (0:51)
A look at the long standing bomber/reconn aircraft used by the RAF and many other air forces worldwide in the second half of the 20th century and beyond. (3:42)
RAAF Amberley Gate Duty Canberra Bomber A84 201 First Australian Made Canberra B57 1953 New Zealand Air Race. (6:28)
To celebrate the return to flight of the Ex-RAF examples of the type here is a little appreciation video celebrating the Canberra PR9 aircraft which retired from RAF service in 2006 and has been sadly missed ever since. In this video we see it perform a taxi run in private hands at the Kemble Air Day 2007, followed by one of its' final airshow displays as an RAF aircraft the year before (2006) at the Waddington airshow. Included is the famous "blue note pass". (11:20)
Video with pictures of the canberra throughout the years.
Martin EB-57b Canberra at the MarchField Air Museum (1:02)
English Electric Canberra WK163 at Kemble 1998 (2:13)