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Martin B-57A/RB-57A Canberra Pack for FS2004/FS9

Martin B-57A RB-57A Canberra pack for FS9/FS2004

Flying Stations is proud to present part seven of a new series of Canberra models for FS9/FS2004. This pack covers the license-built American bubble canopy versions, with B-57A, WB-57A, RB-57A and JB-57A models. Check out the full list of features here or


Steve Beeny - Models, textures, FDE, web guru
The WT333 Operating Team- Sound recordings
Bill Mackay, Henk Schuitemaker, John Sheehan, Marcelo Siri - Beta testing

Martin B-57A Canberra Pack Contents:

Martin B-57A Canberra prototype for FS9/FS2004

Martin B-57A Canberra bomber with 9x 750lb bomb load

Following the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, the USAF realised it needed a jet-powered medium bomber to replace the B-26. In a rare move, the British Canberra B.2 was selected as the design of choice, and and two pattern aircraft were ordered from English Electric to facilitate production of the new type. Now designated the B-57A Canberra, several modifications were quickly made, including the reduction from 3 to two crew members and plans for a night interdictor role as well as high-altitude bomber. Provision for wing-mounted machine guns were laid out, although never implemented. A revolving bomb bay door was added, reducing the fuselage fuel tanks from 3 to 2, but wing fuel tanks were added to supplement this loss. In order to carry a larger internal payload and the wing guns, the decision was made to use more powerful engines, in this case Wright J65 turbojets, which were license-built Armstrong-Siddeley Sapphires. The overhead navigator's windows were blanked off, and the side window shifted from port to starboard. Changes were also made to the cockpit, producing a layout not that dissimiliar to the original Canberra B.1. In this FS version, the aircraft comes in with a 9x 750lb bomb load and drop tanks.

Production was planned for a run of 250 B-57A machines, however key figures in the USAF and DoD felt the the design was not 'combat ready' and required significant redesign. Subsequently, only 8 were built, after which the rest were made into RB-57As

Aircraft depicted are former Canberra B.2 WD940 52-1418 and B-57A 52-1419 based at Middle River, Maryland, late 1951

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Martin RB-57A Canberra for FS9/FS2004

Martin RB-57A Canberra reconnaissance-bomber

Following the failed launch of the B-57A bomber programme, Martin was tasked with the production of 67 reconnaissance versions of the type, known as the RB-57A. This was essentially the same as the B-57A but fitted with a camera bay aft of the bomb bay and some external changes to accomodate the camera-sighting gear. The RB-57A could easily be converted back to bomber role if needed. Aircraft depicted are 52-1440 Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, USA, 1958, 52-1474 of the 1st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, USAFE, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, early 1960s, 52-1482 of the 172nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard, Battle Creek ANGB, Michigan, 1958 and 52-1487 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Shaw AB, South Carolina, early 1950s.

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Canberra B-57A for FS9/FS2004

Martin WB-57A Canberra bomber with modified special duties nose

Following the decision to abandon the original B-57A bomber programme, the eight completed aircraft were allocated to various establishments across the US for testing and development roles. One of these, Canberra B-57A 52-1419, was sent to the National Oceanic and Aeronautical Administration (NOAA), where it received a modified nose cone and related equipment for use in hurricane hunting and weather recording work. It was subsequently re-designated WB-57A (N1005) and after over a decade of service in the NOAA and Dept. of Commerce, ended up a ground instructional airframe and the George T. Baker Aviation school in Florida.

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Canberra JB-57A for FS9/FS2004

Martin JB-57A Canberra bomber with Jaguar sounding rocket

Another B-57A Canberra selected for trials work was 52-1418, allocated to the forerunner of today's NASA, then known as NACA, and re-designated JB-57A. This machine was modified to launch the Jaguar sounding rocket attached to the lower right-hand side of the forward fuselage. Launches were undertaken from a high-altitude, near-vertical angle, and therefore all unneccesary weight, such as drop tanks and navigator were removed. The Jaguar sounding rocket programme was short-lived, and the ultimate fate of 52-1418 is unknown.

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Model Features:

WT333 Canberra

The Flying Stations Canberra series models all feature photo-real 2D panels and highly detailed virtual cockpits, gauges, and custom sound set, recorded from the ear-spliting roar of the real RR Avon engines of surviving B(I).8/B.6(mod) Canberra, WT333. With the co-operation of Clive Davies and the superb WT333 operating team, internal and external sounds were recorded during a 'Thunder Run' at Bruntingthorpe, UK. A percentage of profits from future payware Canberra packs will go to the upkeep of WT333, so you can know that your hard-earned money will go further than just the computer screen!

NOTE: Sounds are aliased to the B-57A prototype, so you will need to have that installed for the other models to work.

In order to familiarise pilots, the following features are available:

Autopilot 2D panel: Toggle with Shift-6.
Improved red-tint night-lighting on all 2D panels.
Port side battery hatch and rear equipment bay hatch open
: set to default wing fold command.
Animated variable incidence tailplane: set to elevator trim controls, and watch it move!
Rotating bomb bay door: set to default main exit command.
Parked configuration: engage parking brakes to see a range of features.
Jettisonable canopy: located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled.
Working ejector seat (pilot only): located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled.
Jettisonable drop tanks and payloads: Control via Stores Release panel (Shift-7). Also located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled, click once to arm, then stores/drop tank release switches to drop.
Opening DV window: located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled.
Animated pilot head: turns with rudder.
Smoky cartridge starts: will fire on engine startup.
Crew hatch: Exit-2 command or use handle release above hatch in VC.

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