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.png44 000 / 54 647/12 160 / 15 102/19 500 / 24 218Repair
100 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
350 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 500 Ge icon.pngAces
190 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
420 % Sl icon.png370 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Canberra B Mk 2. For other uses, see Canberra (Disambiguation)


The Canberra B Mk 2 in the garage

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 12 192 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 12 192 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

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Canberra B Mk 2 can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 9 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 6 x G.P. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs
  • 1 x H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bomb + 2 x G.P. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs

Usage in the battles

General play style

Climbing high to around 10 kilometers 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 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 Canberras, thus at least one can get past any defenses 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 out gun you.
  • A 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 unparalelled for 10 years, its successor is the 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.


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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
Supermarine  Attacker FB 1 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Foreign  Phantom FG. Mk1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA)