Canberra B Mk 2

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Canberra B Mk 2
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
20.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
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.png51 000 / 63 341/15 790 / 19 611/21 000 / 26 081Repair
100 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
350 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 500 Ge icon.pngAces
× (190) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the British jet bomber Canberra B Mk 2. For other uses, 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). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.43.

General info

Flight Performance

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


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
860 450 520 ~3 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 590 < 550 < 550 > 250

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 ordinance"

  • 9 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 6 x G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs
  • 1 x H.C. 4,000 lb Mk.II bomb + 2 x G.P. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs

Usage in the battles

General playstyle

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.

Vehicle characteristics


Maintaining a high altitude is a good defense tactic for this plane as most planes do not have as good climbing and high-alt performance. This will save you from nearly every fighter except for Me 163 and Ki-200. Utilizing the airbrakes is important as it can save you from Me 163 and Ki-200.

Specific enemies worth noting

Me 163 and Ki-200 will easily reach altitude.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection 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 kph.
  • 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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