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Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow

This Avro Arrow Information is from / Discovery Channel Canada and the National Aviation Museum. For a more detail look into the Avro Arrow check out there dedicated site on the matter

Intended to replace the Avro CF-100, the Avro CF-105 Arrow was a technical masterpiece at the forefront of aviation engineering during its time. The Canadian government believed, however, that the manned bomber threat was diminishing and that air defence could be better handled by unmanned BOMARC missiles. The contract was cancelled on Feb. 20, 1959 while test flying was still in progress. By then five Arrows had flown. The government ordered all completed Arrows, related documentation, and equipment destroyed.

Sleek, elegant, and the stuff of mythology, the Avro Arrow is still alive in print and in memory. The Arrow met most of its performance requirements while flying with less powerful engines. One of the Canadian-made Iroquois engine designed for the Arrow was flight-tested attached to the rear fuselage of a Boeing B-47, but never powered the Arrow. At 34 tons, the Arrow was equivalent in weight to its ancient Avro relative, the Lancaster bomber.

  • Wing Span: 50 ft (15.2 m)
  • Length: 85 ft 6 in (26.1 m)
  • Height: 21 ft 3 in (6.5 m)
  • Weight, Empty: 43,960 lb (19,935 kg)
  • Weight, Gross: 62,431 lb (28,319 kg)
  • Cruising Speed: 701 mph (1,128 km/h)
  • Max Speed: 1,524 mph (2,453 km/h)
  • Rate of Climb: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)/4 min 24 sec
  • Service Ceiling: 58,500 ft (17,830 m)
  • Range: 820 mi (1,330 km)
  • Crew: two
  • Power Plant: two Orenda Iroquois axial flow turbojet engines, 26,000 lb (11,791 kg) static thrust, with afterburner

Published on: 2004-08-05 (24237 reads)

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