Canberra B Mk 2

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Canberra B Mk 2
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
20.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 192 mCeiling
2 х Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.101Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
860 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Suspended armament
9 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
6 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bombSetup 2
1 x H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bomb
2 x 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
Setup 3
86 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
350 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png59 000 / 73 277/14 210 / 17 648/23 000 / 28 565Repair
100 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
350 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 500 Ge icon.pngAces
190 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
450 % Sl icon.png370 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British jet bomber Canberra B Mk 2. For other versions, see Canberra (Family).


GarageImage Canberra B Mk 2.jpg

The Canberra B Mk 2 is a rank V British jet bomber with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 835 809 12 192 26.9 27.6 14.8 13.4 750
Upgraded 915 880 25.4 26.0 25.7 20.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
860 450 520 520 320 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 590 < 550 < 500 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.101 2 10,300 kg 171 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 15m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 50m fuel
800 kg Axial-flow turbojet 11,800 kg 12,280 kg 13,240 kg 14,680 kg 15,160 kg 20,865 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 15m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 50m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,850 kgf N/A 0.48 0.46 0.43 0.39 0.38 0.27
Optimal 2,850 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.48 0.46 0.43 0.39 0.38 0.27

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the fuselage of the aircraft (fuel, pilot, controls)
  • Engines in wings


Suspended armament

The Canberra B Mk 2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 9 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (4,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 4,000 lb H.C. 4,000 lb Mk.II bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (6,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

Climbing high to around 10 kilometres will save you from most predators and AA fire in both AB and RB as the Canberra has one of the best climb rates and high-alt performances in the game. Watch out for the Me 163 and Ki-200. The standard tactic for the Canberra is to bomb the enemy bases and airfield, while keep climbing to stay out of reach from fighters. This tactic can be better if in a squadron with multiple Canberra, thus at least one can get past any defences to destroy the enemy's bases. Using the 6 x 1,000 lb payload is recommended for usage on bases while 1 x 4,000 lb + 2 x 1,000 lb payload works best when used on airfields.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair EEMBC No.2 Mark 1
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings repair EELBC No.2 Mark 4
IV Engine Cover

Improving bomb load should be the first priority as it will save you from taking the risk of going to the airfield less.

Pros and cons


  • Good stock engine power
  • Good stock acceleration speed
  • Powerful airbrakes
  • Good top speed for such a large aircraft
  • Decent payload
  • High service ceiling(max. altitude)
  • Great climb rate


  • May rip wings by going straight for a while without intelligent use of air-brakes
  • Large target
  • Likely to be a big target for fighter aircraft with an air-spawn
  • BR 7.7, due to which it will meet MiG-15 Bis, Yak 30 and other planes that out speed, out turn, out dive and obviously outgun you
  • An easy target for anything with guns that can go over 800 km/h
  • First few fights will be running to a base, bombing the base and ending up dead by enemy jets


Canberra B Mk.2 was created in 1949 to replace the Mosquito fast bomber. It was designed to have outstanding high altitude performance and speed. It was unparalleled for 10 years, its successor is Victor Valiant. It was retired from service in 2006 from the RAF. It established a world altitude record of 21430m in 1957. It was the first jet-powered aircraft to make a non-stop transatlantic flight.

In-game description

Whilst the United States and the Soviet Union were, in many ways, running ahead of Britain during the early development of jet fighters, Britain would at least keep up if not forge ahead with its very first jet bomber – the legendary English Electric Canberra.

The origins of the Canberra lay in 1944 when the Air Ministry called for a replacement for the de Havilland Mosquito in the light bomber role – a fast, agile tactical bomber was required by RAF Bomber Command to move into the jet age. English Electric set to work under Chief Engineer WEW Petter, who envisaged a bomber built around straight wings of a large area, and two of the new Rolls-Royce Avon jet engines. The prototype first flew in May 1949, with Typhoon-ace Roland Beamont at the controls. The Chief Test Pilot remarked that the aircraft was practically free of vices and possessed an agility that was reminiscent of a fighter rather than a bomber.

After various modifications were made, including the addition of a glass nose for a bomb aimer, the first production variant – the B Mk.2 - entered service in 1951 with No.101 Squadron. The Canberra was able to reach speeds of some 560 mph and reach heights of 48,000 feet whilst maintaining the capacity to carry 6000 lbs of ordnance. A series of modified Canberra B Mk.2s set a succession of world altitude records, culminating in August 1957 with a staggering 70,310 feet. It was a Canberra that saw victory at the Last Great Air Race from London to Christchurch in 1953. With a range of approximately 2600 miles, the Canberra was considered a tactical rather than a strategic bomber.

The Canberra was popular with its aircrew due to its performance, popular with ground crews due to its relatively simple maintenance schedule and also popular with Command due to its relatively low cost. Over 400 Canberra B Mk.2's were built until uprated engines led to the development of its successor, the B Mk.6, which entered service in the summer of 1954. As squadrons received the newer model, the now older B Mk.2 saw service with the RAF in Germany, Cyprus and the Far East, although the variant did serve successfully in the Suez Crisis of 1956. A small number of export variants of the B Mk.2 also saw service with the United States as a template for building under license as the Martin B-57, Australia and Venezuela.


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The English Electric Company Limited
Jet fighters  Lightning F.6
Jet Bombers  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
  The English Electric Company Limited allowed the Glenn L. Martin Company to license-build the Canberra bomber for the United States Air Force.

Britain jet aircraft
English Electric  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6 · Lightning F.6
Gloster  Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
  Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9
de Havilland  Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20
Hawker  Sea Hawk FGA.6 · Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9
SEPECAT  Jaguar GR.1
Supermarine  Attacker FB 1 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Foreign  Phantom FG. Mk1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA)