Martin B-57 Canberra

ICAO aircraft code B57
Country United States
New price USD 9.3 million (1953)

The Martin B-57 Canberra is an American-built, twinjet tactical bomber and reconnaissance aircraft that entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1953.


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Martin B-57 Canberra specifications


ICAO aircraft code
Glenn L. Martin Company
1953 - 1959
United States
New purchase price
USD 9.3 million (1953)

Aircraft performance

APW-11 Bombing Air Radar Guidance System, SHORAN bombing system, APS-54 Radar Warning Receiver
2x Wright J65-W-5 turbojets
7,220 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
520 Kts
963 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
108 Kts
Travel range:
2,360 Nm
4,371 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
49,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
6180 feet / minute
31.39meter / second
Take Off Distance:
610 meter - 2,001.29 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
24,950 Kg
55,005 lbs
Max Payload:
3,400 Kg
7,496 lbs

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About the Martin B-57 Canberra

The Martin B-57 Canberra is an American-built, twinjet tactical bomber and reconnaissance aircraft that entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1953. The B-57 is a license-built version of the British English Electric Canberra, manufactured by the Glenn L. Martin Company. Initial Martin-build models were virtually identical to their British-built counterparts; Martin later modified the design to incorporate larger quantities of US-sourced components and produced the aircraft in several different variants.

The B-57 Canberra holds the distinction of being the first jet bomber in U.S. service to drop bombs during combat. The Canberra was used extensively during the Vietnam War in a bombing capacity; dedicated versions of the type were also produced and served as high-altitude aerial reconnaissance platforms (the Martin RB-57D Canberra), and as electronic warfare aircraft. The B-57 Canberra was also sold to export customers abroad; further combat use was seen by the Pakistani Air Force during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

In 1983, the USAF opted to retire the type; the B-57 Canberra’s retirement marked the ending of the era of the tactical bomber. The three remaining flightworthy WB-57Fs are technically assigned to the NASA Johnson Space Center, next to Ellington Field in Houston, as high-altitude scientific research aircraft, but have also been used for testing and electronic communications in the U.S. and Afghanistan.

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