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Unique ! English Electric Canberra presentation and collection from the estate of Air Marshall Sir William L. M. MacDonald K.C.B., C.B.E., D.F.C.

This a seriously rare and stunning collection!

All these items were the property of Air Marshall Sir William L. M. MacDonald K.C.B. C.B.E D.F.C

The centre piece of the collection is a stunning model of a Canberra Bomber on a wooden stand with a presentation plaque reading :

'Presented to Air Marshall Sir William L. M. MacDonald K.C.B. C.B.E D.F.C. By the Chairmen and Directors of the English Electric Company Limited’

This model has a wing span of 8” and looks to have been silver plated, some of  which has been polished off over the years along with the roundels on the upper wing surface. 

The next item is a presentation piece from the Israeli Air Force on the occasion of his visit in 1959.....representing an Israeli Air Force Vautour mounted on a wooden base.

There are also two plaques commemorating firstly his appointment to the Pakistani Airforce Staff college in 1959, the second is from the Greek Air Force in 1961.

Here is a short Biography of William L. M. MacDonald

An Irishman from County Cork, he was educated at Castlenock College and joined the RAF in 1929 on a Short Service Commission.

During the Battle of France on 30 September 1940, he was flying one of five Battles (9283) of 150 Sqn which were set upon by Bf109's.  All five were either shot down or crashed.  In his case Macdonald was chased at tree top height eventually cartwheeling into a French field, fortunately both he and his crew survived, although both crew members were injured.

He became the first Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas, Cyprus, following the island's independence in 1960. On 1 March 1961, his command was renamed Near East Air Force at at the same time he assumed command of the newly created British Forces Near East.  During his tenure as C in C, he made a recommendation for the Near Strike Wing to be re-equipped with the proposed TSR2, but it's subsequent cancellation and the decision to base it's successor, the American F111, in the UK, eventually resulted in re-equipment with Vulcans.

His final appointment was as Air Secretary in 1962; he was made Air Aide-de-Camp to the Queen in 1965 and retired in 1966

A beautiful and very important collection.

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English Electric Canberra B(I) Mk.8 Prototype – Very rare Walker's - Westway Aluminium model c.1956 1:72 scale (2 of 2!)

Another lovely and very rare solid aluminium model of the Canberra B(I)8 from Walker's - Westway c.1956.

A first generation British jet-powered medium bomber, the English Electric Canberra was designed by W. E. W. 'Teddy' Petter (Ex-Westlands) It could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber throughout the 1950’s and set a world's altitude record of 70,310 ft (21,430 m) in 1957.

The B(I)8 version (3 rd Generation derived from the B6) which added a new forward fuselage with a fighter-style canopy for the pilot, entered service in January 1956....the prototype aircraft was black.

Walker's – Westway Models Ltd. were active from 1942 – 1957 as bespoke model aircraft makers to the aircraft/airline industries, and were based in East Acton, London.

The model is to a scale of 1:72, with a wingspan of 10.5 inches (27cms)

Has a few paint chips as can be seen from the photographs, and original serial lettering has flaked away in several places (easily replaced if required) and, although the stand is a heavy metal one, it's not the original.

The Airframe is excellent and undamaged.


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