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RB-57A Michigan Air Guard wheels up landing photos


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This was another of the photos I picked up today. From what I've found, this Canberra was probably assigned to the 172nd Tactical Recon Squadron, 110th Tac Recon Group out of Battle Creek. It looks like a rough landing!

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tail looks like it has a bit of a bend in it

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I've used a magnifying glass and it looks like the side says "AFNG SERIAL NO. 52-1483N". Did AFNG planes in the 50s get "N" added to their USAF serials? The number 52-1483 falls into the production run of Martin RB-57As (52-1426 to 52-1492), but according to Joe Baugher's site, 52-1483 was written off on 4/23/55.

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1952.html

 

Plus, the Michigan Air Guard didn't start flying them until 1957 according to Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/172d_Air_Support_Squadron

 

Any ideas?

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Only two crashes listed for RB-57's in MI.

 

RB-57A-MA s/n 52-1468

*1955: USAF 30th TRS (66th TRW).
*USAF 1st TRS (10th TRW).
*1958: Michigan ANG 172nd TRS.
*12/13/1958: Crashed at Battle Creek APT, MI.

 

 

RB-57A-MA s/n 52-1471

*1954: USAF 345th TBG?
*USAF 1st TRS (10th TRW).
*1968-69: Michigan ANG 172nd TRS.
*8/13/1969: Crashed near Manton, MI.

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