Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Military Aviation
Reload this Page >

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

Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of the world equally welcome here.

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

Old 13th Feb 2019, 11:55
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: The Alps
Posts: 2,086
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 ?

Cheers
chopper2004 is offline  
Old 13th Feb 2019, 12:17
  #2 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Bristol
Age: 37
Posts: 312
I can't quite remember in which book I've seen it but I do recall seeing a photo of canopus in the US.
unmanned_droid is offline  
Old 13th Feb 2019, 18:43
  #3 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: wales
Posts: 446
Just to be pedantic, canopus was never RAE , was A&A.E.E Boscombe down all her life.
bvcu is offline  
Old 13th Feb 2019, 19:56
  #4 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: South of the M4
Posts: 1,520


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


Last edited by Warmtoast; 14th Feb 2019 at 10:31. Reason: Add photos
Warmtoast is offline  
Old 14th Feb 2019, 03:14
  #5 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Rockytop, Tennessee, USA
Posts: 5,036
Here's the Comet Canopus XS235 doing a ground run recently:

Airbubba is online now  
Old 14th Feb 2019, 08:12
  #6 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: wild blue yonder
Posts: 1
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)

https://www.airteamimages.com/boeing...on_148524.html
Dog Star is offline  
Old 14th Feb 2019, 11:57
  #7 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Here
Posts: 1,225
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.....
Davef68 is offline  
Old 14th Feb 2019, 22:40
  #8 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Lincolnshire
Posts: 199
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.
RubiC Cube is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.