SLIDESHOW: Iconic Canberra aircraft joins Vulcan at Doncaster airport

Another iconic British cold war jet has joined the Vulcan XH558 at its base at Doncaster Robin Hood Airport.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 15th July 2016, 4:44 pm
Updated Friday, 15th July 2016, 4:49 pm

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust, based at the airport, is now looking to restore the English Electric Canberra jet - which was once the world record holder for the highest flight.

The Trust want to restore the aircraft and return her to the airshow circuit, aiming to help celebrate the centenary of the RAF in 2018.

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The Canberra WK163 has already been surveyed by both Vulcan to the Sky Trust and independent specialists, who agree that a return to flight is possible.

The aircraft travelled via road from Coventry to Doncaster yesterday, after having its wings removed. It is now in the Trust’s engineering facility at Hangar 3, Robin Hood Airport , where the restoration will take place.

The Inspection and Project Scoping Phase will now begin - with a detailed strip-down, examination and testing to determine exactly what is needed to return WK163 to flight.

This is expected to take the remainder of the summer and will lead to an in-depth understanding of the condition of the aircraft, an inventory of the spare parts, their condition and documentation, and discussions with the many specialist suppliers whose help will be invaluable.

Following the Inspection Phase, a timed and costed plan will be designed for every activity required to return this important aircraft to British airshows in time for the RAF centenary.

Find out about the restoration and WK163’s history by visiting