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
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.