Repaired yet again, the aircraft was reassigned to a UK based maintenance unit where it remained in storage for 10 years. In 1967, it was removed from storage and converted by British Aerospace to TT.18 standard, carrying the Rushton designed target-towing system but, was again placed in storage until 1971. In December 1972, it was involved in yet another incident, which resulted in the ejection of the navigator. More repairs followed and it returned to 7 Squadron on target towing duties until 1980, flying without incident, at which time it returned to British Aerospace at Salmesbury for major servicing.
Returning to 100 Squadron where it remained on strength until 18 December 1991 when it performed its last flight in RAF service. It was placed in open storage at RAF Wyton until sold in 1992 to Ron Mitchell. In 1994, G-BURM performed its first civil display at Duxford.
Temora Aviation Museum acquired the aircraft in May 2001. Upon acquisition, the Museum repainted the aircraft to represent those flown by the Royal Australian Air Force 2 Squadron during the Vietnam conflict. The aircraft is maintained in an airworthy condition and remains to this day the only English Electric Canberra flying in Australia.
Canberra maintenance update.
The bomber now has all flight controls surfaces refitted along with the vertical tail fin and horizontal tail-plane. The flight control systems have been rigged and full functional tests carried out. The undercarriage has been reassembled and retraction tests have gone smoothly. Work is now in progress, to remove minor corrosion in the wheel wells, bomb bay and aft fuselage. The Avon engines are currently being inspected and parts replaced as necessary. One engine is currently having NDT (non destructive testing) on the compressor section assembly. The combustion chamber fuel nozzles have had flow tests carried out.
It’s possible that the engines might be finished by July or August.