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Fall of an Arrow

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ISBN-10: 1550024531

ISBN-13: 9781550024531

Edition: 1978

Authors: Murray Peden

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List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: Dundurn
Publication date: 4/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Murray Peden was the first Chairman of the Manitoba Securities Commission. A bestselling author, his articles have appeared in aviation magazines and newspapers in Canada, England, and the United States. He was a bomber pilot in World War II, and his autobiography has been hailed as one of the finest war memoirs ever written.

The Timing of the Cancellation of the Arrow
Paul Hellyer's Assessment of Canada's Achievement
Loss of employment by 29,000 skilled workmen
Destruction of ten Arrows
Contract termination telegrams
Launching of Sputnik, October 4th, 1957
The disadvantages of copying designs
Background and Career of Air Marshal W. A. Curtis
A. V. Roe Canada Ltd. and the CF-100
Plans for the CF-100's successor
RCAF's March, 1952 "Final Report of the All-Weather Interceptor Requirements Team"
The St. Laurent Government decides to proceed with development
General specifications of the new supersonic fighter
Power plants considered
Composition of the design team; John Frost's interests
Preliminary wind tunnel work completed in 1954 and first production drawings passed to manufacturing
RCAF decides to switch and develop new and more advanced weapons system: "ASTRA" with Sparrow II missile
RCAF uninterested in new engine of 12,000 pounds thrust
Project Study 13 and Charles A. Grinyer
Hawker-Siddeley's Design Council approve Project Study 13's contemplated design, and the manufacture of three engines
The highly ambitious goal set for the P.S. 13 Iroquois
Iroquois first runs on its own power
Early experience and progress with the engine
Iroquois reaches its ambitious target of 20,000 pounds dry thrust; flight testing arrangements on a B-47
The Official Type Test
Design objectives
Sample problems--hydraulic jacks, control linkage, fuel tank space, drag parachute
Stability Augmentation system and undercarriage
Hydrogen embrittlement and temperature problems
Hon. Ralph Campney makes the first overtures to the Americans regarding possible sale of the Arrow to them
Reasons for RCAF's switch to new weapons system and missiles, criticism of that decision, and rebuttal
Velvet Glove
Man-hours involved in developing Sparrow I missile
Periodic cost review on the Arrow
Parallel development of supersonic aircraft in the U.S.
Prime Minister Diefenbaker elected, George Pearkes new Minister of National Defence
Russians launch an ICBM and follow it with Sputnik I in October, 1957
Roll-out ceremony of Arrow No. 1 at Malton
Queen Elizabeth opens Parliament at Ottawa, October 14th, 1957
Lester Pearson chosen as new leader of the Liberals
Parliament dissolved February 1st, 1958
March 31, 1958, Tory landslide
First flight of the Arrow, test pilot Jan Zurakowski
Second flight, and near disaster
Portrait of Jan Zurakowski
Description of telemetry, recorders, and radio contact
High speed run April 18, 1958
Diversion of the Arrow to Trenton
Landing gear malfunction causes damage on landing
Captain Irwin, USAF sets new speed record at Palmdale, California
Financial difficulties of the Conservative Government, and growing cost of Arrow program
Atmosphere in Chiefs of Staff Committee
September 23, 1958, statement of the Prime Minister
Charles Grinyer's protest to Mr. O'Hurley
Curtiss-Wright signs seven-year contract to build Iroquois under licence
October 25, 1958, issue of Macleans and unfair criticism of Arrow--resignation of Charles Grinyer
John Bracken's concern
Re-assessment of program and new cost analysis
November 24, 1958, speech of Air Marshal Slemon
Mr. Pearkes' efforts to sell the Arrow, and UPI release explaining U.S. Government's refusal
Factors involved in the U.S.'s refusal
Preparation of Arrows for Hughes weapons system; readying No. 6 for Iroquois-powered flight
Prime Minister Diefenbaker announces cancellation of Arrow February 20, 1959
13,800 men laid off the day of the announcement
Labour unions express their condemnation by telegrams ... statement by Crawford Gordon
Paul Hellyer moves adjourment of the House for a special debate on the Arrow on the 50th aniversary of powered flight in Canada
Mr. Pearkes responds
Lack of precision in references to range of aircraft
Importance of budget considerations in the cancellation decision
After offering the Arrows to the Royal Aeronautical Establishment in England, the government proceeds to destroy them
The Arrow's potential contribution to flight research and in-flight engine testing cast away
Destruction of the Arrows photographed from the air
Comparison with American practice
Analysis of Prime Minister Diefenbaker's allegations on Bomarcs
The Prime Minister's reliance upon advice from the Chiefs of Staff ... failure to specify that Chief of Air Staff opposed to the cancellation
Position of many senior American and Canadian airmen opposed to Prime Minister Diefenbaker's ... General LeMay, General Twining, General White, General Patridge, Air Marshal Slemon, Air Marshal Campbell, Air Marshal Dunlap
Canada's acquisition of Voodoos, Starfighters, and F-5 Freedom Fighters shortly after cancelling Arrow
Canada's current New Fighter Program, and parallel acquisitions by other countries
Air threat increasing, not decreasing
Assessment of Britain's Chief of Air Staff, Sir Neil Cameron
Economics really the reason for the Arrow's cancellation, not obsolescence ... scale of values questioned, comparison with Sweden's performance, and Israel's apparent intention ... Canada's 1976 Olympic Games
Some consequences of cancellation decision
Failure of Crawford Gordon to ameliorate consequences of the government's inept termination notices
Examples of skilled people forced to emigrate from Canada
Current condition of Canada's aircraft industry
New government efforts to bolster Research and Development spending
Up-grading influence of sophisticated plants lost to Canadian industry
Loss of a great jet aero-engine
Conduct of the American Government examined
The might-have-beens contrasted with actuality
Latest Russian bomber threat ... the lesson of the Arrow