The B-57 is a modified version of the English Electric Canberra which was first flown in Britain on May 13, 1949. In March 1951 the USAF contracted the Glenn L. Martin Co. to build the B-57 in the US under a licensing agreement with Britain. The Martin built B-57 made its first flight on July 20, 1953 and production ended in 1959, a total of 403 B-57s were produced for the USAF.
The B-57 Canberra or "Night Intruder' was a medium jet bomber replacement for the aging Douglas B-26 Invader. The B-57B model was the most produced model and featured unique improvements like, having the crew members seated in tandem, a bomb door with bombs mounted on the inner surface of the door and arming the B-57 with machine guns or cannons.
This EB-57B S/N 52-1516 was last flown by the 158th Air National Guard stationed at Burlington, VT. Only 22 B-57Bs were converted to EB-57Bs. The B-57 saw service in Vietnam, out of 94 B-57s assigned to the Vietnam theatre - 51 were lost in combat.
This aircraft is being depicted in its black "Night Intruder" paint scheme, as a B-57B assigned to the 8th Bomb Squadron, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing while stationed at Phan Rang AB, Vietnam
Manufacturer Glenn L. Martin Co
Thrust Two — Wright J65-W-5 Turbojet engines rated at 7,220 lbs of thrust
Length 65 ft 6 in
Height 15 ft 6 in
Wingspan 64 ft
Weight 27,091 lbs Empty / 58,800 lbs Max
Speed 570 mph Max / 450 mph Cruise
Range 2,000 miles w/tanks
Ceiling 49,000 ft
Armament Eight — 50 cal M3 machine guns or Four — 20mm M-39 cannons and 4500 lbs of bombs in internal bomb bay and 2800 lbs of bombs mounted under the wings for the B, C, D, and G models, the EB, RB models had no armament
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force