Avro Canada C-102: the world's second jet airliner you've never heard of

Pete London charts the rise and fall of the ill-fated Avro Canada C-102 Jetliner, an aircraft years ahead of its time and unrivalled in performance that could have revolutionised short- and medium-haul travel

First flown in 1949, Avro Canada’s Type C-102 Jetliner outclassed every North American passenger-carrying aircraft of the day. Its rate of climb, cruising speed and ceiling were far greater than any of its rivals, and numerous record-breaking flights underscored its superior performance. Yet just a solitary example was ever built – where did it go wrong for Canada’s first jet-powered airliner?

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