The Americans used the B-57 model extensively in Vietnam in a multitude of roles, including bombing, electronic warfare, general reconnaissance, and weather monitoring. The last use of Canberras in warfare was during the Falklands War. The British loaned four PR models to the Chileans for side-scanning reconnaissance of Argentina.
The Canberra B2 bomber carried a crew of three, pilot, navigator and second-navigator with bomb control duties. It was powered by a pair of 2948 kg Rolls Royce Avon 101 jet engines mounted in nacelles on the wings, much like the Gloster Meteor. It's maximum speed was 569 mph (917km/h), with a ceiling of 48,000 ft (14630 m) and a range of 2,656 mi (4275 km). Armament consisted of 6,000 lb (2722 kg) of nuclear bombs.
The Canberra PR MK.9 photo-reconnaissance aircraft had a
crew of two, pilot, and navigator, the navigator had photographic
duties. The Pilot occupied the fighter-style cockpit, of course, and the
Navigator sat in the extreme
nose, which hinged open sideways to starboard for entry and exit. There was no direct contact between crew in flight. This model was powered by a pair of 5103 kg Rolls Royce RA 24 Avon Mk.206 jet engines. It's maximum speed was 547 mph (881km/h), with a ceiling of 58,000 ft (17700 m) and a range of 5,000 mi (8170 km). It carried no armament.
The IIRC Mk17 model shown above is an Electronics Warfare (EW) trainer.
The Canberra T4 was a dual control trainer that carried a single navigator.
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