English Electric Canberra B5 VX 185 nose section, 1951.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A view of the cockpit of the record-breaking Canberra B5 prototype which, on 26th August 1952, made the first double crosing of the Atlantic in one day. The record was set over the official distance from the centre of Belfast, Ireland, to the centre of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada. Powered by two Rolls Royce 'Avon' jet engines, the highly succesful Canberra bomber entered RAF service in 1951, and went on to serve worldwide with many different air forces.