Canberra WH887
Returns to RAF Upwood

Canberra B.2 WH887 was built by Short Brother at Belfast
This aircraft, serving with 1323 Ft, 542, and 21 Squadrons as well as part of RAF Upwood's Station Flight. She was converted to a TT.18 and taken by the Royal Navy on the 27th November 1969. She was also used for Fleet Requirements Unit (FRU) and later the Fleet Requirements Air Direction Unit (FRADU) as well as on loan to Flight Refuelling at Hurn. She retired for a short period and was stored at RAF St Athan in November 1986. A few years later she was put back into service and flew until 1992. Her last trip was from Yeovilton with two others bound for St Athan, from St Athan to RAF Llanbedr where it flew trail sorties for a time. Back in storage and was then moved to a fire dump in the late 1990's

For pictures of her flying click here

 


Youtube video footage of WH887 Flying at RNAS Yeovilton mass flypast - June 1991




English Electric Canberra TT.18
Royal Navy, Fleet Requirements Air Direction Unit,
RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset 1985
AA34707 SCALE 1:72
This is a picture of her as a Corgi model Limited Edition of only 1,760

 


WH887 Flying (Copyright Tony Bish)


WH887 just before being scrapped


WH887 just before being scrapped


WH887 just before being scrapped

On the 24th of August 2008, Canberra WH887 moved from it's Hampshire home and made the journey back to former RAF Upwood with new owners Sean Edwards and Matt Buddle.


Picking her up at Hampshire


On she goes


She fits a treat

 


Now a another 130 miles home



Back at RAF Upwood with the Head quarters in the background



Outside RAF Upwood Guard Room

 


Outside Hangar 4

 


Out the front of Hangar 1


Tom Vaughan, MD of Turbine Motor Works unloading her of the trailor



L to R Sean Edwards and Matt buddle


Sitting upright at last


On the move to Hangar 4


Hangar 4


Inside Hangar 4 she goes

 

 


There was two and a half foot of water inside the Canberra when they came to scrap her. You can see the water mark on the above picture.



Pilots


Navigators desk


Bombamiers

 


The back is cut off and the door is open

 


The panels are in place for the Pilot. We are missing about 4 dials.



Another view of the pilots panels


WH887 in Gibraltar in 1956

 


542 Squadron

 

Cockpit Fest 2009

Me and Matt took WH887 to Cockpit Fest at Newark Air Museum on the 13th and 14th of June 2009.
We won "Spirit Of Cockpit Fest" Award for the hard work we put in to her.
Below are some pictures of her.


Left to right Me Sean Edwards, Ken Ellis (Editor of FlyPast magazine) and Matt Buddle

 


Canberra WH887 next to a Jet Provost

Pictures of WH887 Ten months ago


In a skip




When we picked her up

Ten Months later



Just about to leave Upwood for Newark


Inside the cockpit June 2009

Still a long way to go but we are getting there


Matt Buddle now owns WH887 and I have taken over restoration of WJ775

Many thanks to:

Tom Vaughan, MD of Turbine Motor Works at Raf Upwood

Tony Regan for the pictures of WH887 and information.