The Ottawa Citizen
January 14, 1997
Letters to the Editor
As a member of the Aviation Writers Association of America at
the time of the Arrow controversy, I want to comment on the Jan. 9
story, "The man who flew the Arrow."
- The Avro Arrow CF 105 was by no means a Canadian effort, though it
was supported by Canadian government funding. A.V. Roe was U.K.-owned.
- There was opposition to the project in the Armed Forces. The
aircraft had to be considered part of a system requiring new hangars,
radar, runways, spare parts.
- The project was - as military aviation history has shown - too
ambitious to be undertaken by one country. All advanced fighter
aircraft for countries without a military aviation establishment of
the size of the United States are co-operative projects.
- Peter Newman wrote a devastating report on the inaugural flight,
quoting popping rivets left on the runway. The aircraft was not taken
to full speed. It was a PR exercise.
- It remains a glorious chapter of the Diefenbaker years that he stood
firm in the face of blatant blackmail by Crawford Gordon when he
confronted Diefenbaker with the threat to fire 40,000 workers
virtually overnight unless Diefenbaker knuckled under. He did not and
maintained the primacy of the political as against the corporate
Edgar Sarton, Ottawa.
Icon in hiding
Rumor has it that one Arrow got away and that it was kept out
of the destructive hands of Dief the theif. If so, whoever
perpetrated such a dastardly act must be exonerated - venerated, even -
and they should be persuaded to bring this Canadian national icon
back into the light. There must be strict understanding that it can
be very quickly hidden again, should the Conservatives threaten to
Peter Dobbing, Ottawa.
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