Here's another profile that I've done in collaboration with talos56
. In 1952 the RAF decided that it needed a low-level nuclear strike aircraft and that the Canberra did not fit this requirement. This was in no small fact due to the US denying the British request to type approve the Canberra for carriage of the Mk 7 tactical nuclear weapon. They obtained the production license for the aircraft, immediately transferring Handley Page's Canberra contract to Shorts while contracting Handley Page to quickly redesign the B-51 Panther to meet British service requirements.
The license production aircraft began reaching squadrons in the late 1950s, supplementing the V-bombers entering service at the same time. Some squadrons used the Panther as an interim training aircraft to assist in transitioning to V-bombers such as the Vulcan and Victor. Other squadrons operated the Panther in the nuclear deterrence role, based in mainland Europe. One unit to transition from the Canberra to the Panther was No. 100 Squadron. Painted in anti-flash white, this profile depicts an aircraft in 1963, after the adoption of the toned down roundels and squadron markings.