THE FRADU CANBERRAS WEB-SITE


WHERE ARE THE FRADU's ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRAS NOW?
 
Between 1972 and 1992, 21 English Electric Canberra aeroplanes served with the Fleet Requirements and Air Direction Unit (FRADU) at RNAS Yeovilton. All the airframes were Royal Air Force airframes prior to their transfer to the Fleet Air Arm at various times, often following conversion to a new variant by the manufacturers.

Clicking a serial will bring up the service history of that particular airframe in addition to a slideshow containing a minimum of four images that show it at various stages of its career with FRADU. If applicable, its life as a privately owned civilian aeroplane will also be featured.

Airframes are sorted listed in fleet number order beginning with the prefix 8, as they would have been in 1986 (aeroplanes that had been withdrawn or written off before this date are listed under its last active identity).


Section 1 - The Canberra TT.18s

Fleet No / Serial Owner / Location / Fate
840 - WK123 Broken up for spares at Ingolstadt, Germany, 1992
841 - WJ717 Scrapped in October 2006, cockpit rumoured to survive - Current whereabouts unknown
842 - WJ636 Scrapped at RAF Wyton, September 1992
843 - WK126 Jet Age Museum, Staverton, Gloucestershire (N2138J)
844 - WJ574 Privately owned, Melbourne International Airport, FL, USA (N77844)
845 - WE122 Blyth Valley Aviation Collection, Walpole, Suffolk (cockpit only)
845 - WJ629 Broken up at RAF Chivenor, March 1994
846 - WJ614 Privately owned, Phoenix, AZ, USA (N76765)
847 - WH887 Privately owned, RAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire (cockpit only)
848 - WK142 Commemorative Air Force, Mesa, AZ, USA (N76764)
849 - WH856 Scrapped at RAF Abingdon, November 1986


Section 2 - The Blue Parrot T.22s

Fleet No / Serial Owner / Location / Fate
850 - WH801 Broken up for scrap at RAF St Athan, September 1991
851 - WH797 Broken up for scrap at RAF St Athan, May 1992
852 - WT535 Broken up for scrap at RAF St Athan, October 1991
853 - WH780 Broken up for scrap at RAF St Athan, February 1993
854 - WT510 Broken up for scrap at RAF St Athan, October 1991
855 - WT525 Privately owned, Cornwall (cockpit section only)
856 - WH803 Broken up for scrap at RAF St Athan, October 1991


Section 3 - The T.4 trainers

Fleet No / Serial Owner / Location / Fate
848 - WJ869 Sold to Air Force of Zimbabwe in 1981 as '2215' - Current whereabouts unknown
858 - WJ874 Air Atlantique Classic Flight, Coventry Airport, UK (G-CDSX)
859 - WJ866 Written off at RAF Marham, 2nd September 2004

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