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- 3 January 2006
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Roger Franklin said:The company (Canadair) even tried its hand in the most demanding field of aeronautical engineering and researched a bid to produce a wholly Canadian supersonic jet fighter. That effort, together with a rival project mounted by Avro, was abandoned only in 1959, when Ottawa decided that Lockheed's controversial F-104 represented better value for money.
Source: The Defender: The Story of General Dynamics, by Roger Franklin. Harper & Row, 1986.
Is there any truth in this statement?
The Avro Arrow program was replaced by a combination of Bomarc missiles and used F-101 interceptors.
Was Canada in the early stages of a second supersonic fighter program when the cancellation of the Avro Arrow occured in 1959?
Indeed, I have to wonder if the 1959 cancellation of the Avro Arrow a single isolated event or part of a broader defense review of the sort that occured in the UK in 1957 and 1964?