Air Power - The Cold War
Title: Air Power: The Cold War (2000)

English Electric Canberra B.2
MiGMan's Combat Diary Gibraltar Recce - details below

These screenshots were taken in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 at Gibraltar AB.
Pilot's notes First flown in 1949, the Canberra was the RAF's first axial-jet aircraft. Its superb low-level agility belied its bomber role.

A large relative wing area also meant it could excel as a high-level photo recon platform, which in its PR.9 form the Canberra still serves today, over 50 years in service.
  • Length: 65ft 6ins
  • Span: 63ft 11.5 ins
  • Weight:Max 46000lbs
  • Power:Two Avon 101 @ 6500 lbs thrust
  • Range:2.656 miles
AFX Designer : Michael Davies
Panel : Phil Perrott
MP : Steve Bezant
Cockpit English Electric Canberra B.2
Recon images English Electric Canberra B.2

Gibraltar Airbase, 1952, 0730 hrs. I actually flew the route at 0800 to get better lighting for the screenshots. Try it at the earlier time, it's more fun!



English Electric Canberra B.2
Turning right after takeoff


English Electric Canberra B.2
Tunisia airport, turning right to HDG 270

English Electric Canberra B.2
Landing back at Gibraltar on RWY 09

English Electric Canberra B.2
Whew! Exhilarating!

Gibraltar Recce

Here's a fun mission that takes only 15 minutes to fly using Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. You can fly the whole mission with one eye on the compass heading and one eye (and your camera) out the cockpit window.

The leg between B and C is through some winding valleys and will test your nerve at 200 feet! Don't forget to turn Terrain Mesh complexity to 100 %.

Mission Conduct an early photo-recce over the North African airbases of Tunisia and Tangiers.
Instructions Takeoff: Gibraltar Airbase - 0730 or 0800 hrs, May 1st 1952.
  • Takeoff from runway 09
  • Execute a hard to right to heading 180 degrees (South)
  • A - After a few minutes you will go feet dry
  • A couple of minutes later you will see Tunisia airport
  • B - Turn right 90 degrees to heading 270 (West)
  • Fly nap-of-the-earth through the valleys
  • C - On reaching the coast turn right 120 degrees to heading 030 (NNE)
  • Follow the coastline at low level
  • You will pass Tangiers aiport
  • D - You will cross the strait of Gibraltar
  • E - When you reach the coast turn right to heading 090 (East)
  • Contact Gibraltar Tower
  • Land on Runway 09
Map

The planned route, all flown at low level by visual navigation