Titles: Martin B-57 Canberra No’s 1 to 3

The Martin B-57 was a licence produced version of the English Electric Canberra. At the start of the Korean War in 1950, the USAF had an urgent need for an all-weather interdictor aircraft to replace the Douglas B-26. The Canberra won the contest and Glenn L Martin Aircraft, who had submitted their own XB-51 as an unsuccessful entry into the contest, was selected to manufacture under licence the winning British aircraft design . The first example entered service in 1953 but by then the Korean War had ended and the urgent need had passed.

The initial B-57A was very similar to the British models except it used the Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire engine, produced by Wright as the J65, in place of the Rolls-Royce Avons used for the British models. It was found unsuitable for the bombing role and was used for reconnaissance. A new model, the B-57B was produced which introduced a new fighter type canopy with the second crew member in tandem behind the pilot. All production aircraft from that point used this basic configuration.

The aircraft was very adaptable and numerous roles were able to be preformed. In additional several were modified for high altitude reconnaissance with enlarged wings. The final variant was the B-57G which was used as night intruders in Vietnam. A total of 403 examples of all models was produced, and they were retired from active service in 1983.

We offer three titles for this versatile aircraft, covering most variants and configurations of the B-57. All manuals have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages. Each title is US$9.95.


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Title 1 contains:

  • USAF Flight Handbook for the Martin RB-57A, T.O. 1B-57(R)A-1 dated 1-4-56 revised to 1-10-56, with approx. 216 pages.
  • USAF Flight Handbook for the Martin B-57B, T.O. 1B-57B-1 dated 2-7-56 revised to 2-5-57, with approx. 316 pages.
  • USAF Flight Handbook for the Martin B-57C, T.O. 1B-57C-1 dated 1-8-56 revised to 1-2-57, with approx. 300 pages.
  • Aircraft Profile No 247, covering the Martin B-57 and General Dynamics RB-57F, undated with 23 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • USAF Preliminary Flight Handbook for the Martin B-57E, T.O. 1B-57E-1 dated 15-4-56 with approx. 173 pages.
  • USAF Non-Nuclear Weapons Delivery Manual for the Martin B-57B, C, E, T.O. 1B-57B-34-1-1 dated 217 July 1969 with approx. 184 pages.
  • USAF Flight Manual for the Martin B-57G, T.O. 1B-57G-1 dated 1-6-70 revised to 16-3-70, with approx. 284 pages.
  • Interesting manufacturer produced publication titled “B-57 Piloting Notes”, undated with 64 pages. Consists of info for the pilot produced following 6 months of flight testing the A model of the B-57, largely written by Martin’s Flight Test Chief Pat Tibbs.

Title 3 contains:

  • USAF Flight Manual for the Martin RB-57D-2, T.O. 1B-57D(II)-1 dated 13-9-58 revised to 8-4-60, with approx. 150 pages.
  • USAF Flight Manual for the General Dynamics RB-57F, T.O. 1B-57F(R)-1 dated 2-9-66 revised to 1-2-71, with approx. 320 pages.
  • USAF Special Equipment Operator’s Instructions for the RB-57F, T.O. 1B-57F(R)-1-5 dated 2-9-66 revised to 2-8-68, with approx. 64 pages. (Rivet Chip aircraft – Payload configurations for Atomic Energy Commission, Air Force, Air Weather Service.)
  • USAF Partial Flight Manual for the RB-57F NASA 63-13501, T.O. 1B-57F(R)-1-6 dated 6-6-69 revised to 18-2-72, with approx. 106 pages. (Earth Resources Mission aircraft.)