Meet Canada's CF-105 Avro Arrow: The Super Jet You Never Heard Of
A big, beautiful fighter, the Arrow offered a promise to patrol Canadian airspace for decades.
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February 2, 2020 - by Robert Farley for nationalinterest.org
- A big, beautiful fighter, the Arrow offered a promise to patrol Canadian airspace for decades.
In the early 1950s, the Canadian government began to solicit orders for a new high-speed interceptor.
The explosion in jet technology had rendered Canada's first- and second-generation interceptors obsolete; in order to patrol Canada's vast airspace, the Royal Canadian Air Force would need something awesome.
Avro Canada answered the call with the CF-105 Avro Arrow, a high-performance interceptor on the cutting edge of existing aviation technology.
A big, beautiful fighter, the Arrow offered a promise to patrol Canadian airspace for decades, while also throwing a lifeline to Canada's military aviation industry.
But the Arrow was not to be. Changes in technology, politics and defense priorities would work to kill the CF-105, and with it the greater portion of Canada's defense aviation industry...
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