Crowood Aviation Series, The Crowood Press, Marlborough, 1st ed., 1999. 192 pp., numerous photo-ills., + cold., photo-plates. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE +. The English Electric Canberra is one of the longest serving military aircraft of all time. From its introduction as the RAF’s first jet bomber in 1951 it proved to be a reliable and capable performer. This success led to developments being used for photo reconnaissance and examples of these aeroplanes are still in service. This book tells the full story of the Canberra, starting with the design and covering its legendary Farnborough airshow appearances, record breaking flights and incredible service life. Illustrated with numerous photographs, including coloured plates.