CF-105: THE BRITISH CONNECTION

How serious was the UK’s interest in the Avro Canada CF-105? Official documents help tell the story — in many ways, an all-too-familiar one

THE RAF AND THE CF-105

Roll-out of the irst Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow, RL-201, at the manufacturer’s plant in Malton, Ontario, on 4 October 1957. At this point, serious RAF interest in the type had evaporated.
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Gloster Aircraft hoped for great things when the Air Ministry wrote specification F153 around its so-called thin-wing Javelin concept. It envisaged a profitable production run of this very much revised derivative of its all-weather fighter, which would meet RAF needs until the next generation of aircraft for this role became available. The combination of this airframe and Vickers’ Red Dean radar-guided air-to-air missile would offer the UK a greatly improved means of defence against high-flying Soviet bombers. At least, that was the theory.

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