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RAe Comet 'Canopus' tour of USA with Hawk T.1 and T-45 Goshawk

Old 13th Feb 2019, 11:55
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RAe Comet 'Canopus' tour of USA with Hawk T.1 and T-45 Goshawk

Seem to recall in RAF News in the early 1990s talking about the Comet 'Canopus flying in formation with one of the Reds Hawk T1 and USN T-45 Goshawk in USA during Canopus's last flights/tours before retirment. If my memory recalls the then AcM BG was flying the Hawk T.1

Does anyone remember Canopus Comet flying either on trials at the likes of Pax River / Edwards or just a farewell flight ?

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Old 13th Feb 2019, 12:17
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I can't quite remember in which book I've seen it but I do recall seeing a photo of canopus in the US.
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 18:43
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Just to be pedantic, canopus was never RAE , was A&A.E.E Boscombe down all her life.
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Didn't know there was a Comet with the title 'Canopus' too. I was with 99 Sqn which flew Britannia's from 1959 onwards and one of the RAF Britannias had the name 'Canopus'. This was XN404 a C.Mk 2 and I see from my log book that I first flew in this on 20th October 1959.
Two photos of Brit XN404 courtesy raf-transport-command-veterans and XM496.com

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Here's the Comet Canopus XS235 doing a ground run recently:

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There were at least 2 previous aircraft named "CANOPUS" in the 1930/40/50s.

1) Imperial Airways Shorts Brothers S-23 (or S.795?) Empire Flying Boat G-ADHL "CANOPUS"

Short Empire / S.23

BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser G-AKGK RMA "CANOPUS" (This aircraft transported both P.M. Winston Churchill and H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth)

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Not sure about XS235, but earlier Comet IXB XM823 (now preserved at Cosford) was involved in quite a few trials in the US in the 60s - never seen any pictures though.....
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Yes Canopus left Boscombe Down on 6 Jun 1991 calling at Scampton, Leeming, Keflavik, Sondre Stromfjord, Iqualuit/Frobisher Bay, Goose Bay, Plattsburg, Dulles, Corpus Christie, Randolph, Holloway, El Toro, Corpus Christie, Wright Patterson, Goose Bay, Iqualuit/Frobisher Bay, Sondre Stromfjord, Keflavik, Scampton returning to Boscombe on 20 Jun. We accompanied 2 Hawks including a VSO, name forgotten, providing some top cover. We also did some GPS trials. I have some photos somewhere which I will sort out later.
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