Flight Test: The Avro Arrow and a Career in Aeronautical Engineering

CONTENTS

FOREWORD
PROLOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


CHAPTER 1: BEGINNINGS
  Early Life and Family
  University of Toronto
  The Aeronautical Club and A. V. Roe Canada Limited
  Career at Avro
  Classmates at A. V. Roe

CHAPTER 2: THE JETLINER
  A Passenger Jet for Trans-Canada Airlines
  Nearly First in the World
  Testing and Marketing Combined
  Inroads and Frustration
  Aircraft Performance Data

CHAPTER 3: THE CF-100
  Enemies Abroad
  First Flight and Production Pressure
  Armaments
  Fatal Accidents
  Takeoff and Landing Performance
  End of Production

CHAPTER 4: THE ARROW: DESIGN AND FABRICATION
  Specifications
  The Delta Wing, Aircraft Drag, and Directional Stability
  Engines
  Armament and Fire-Control Systems
  Aircraft Fabrication

CHAPTER 5: MACHMETERS, PITOT TUBES, AND ZURA’S SONIC JUMP
  Machmeters and Pitot Tubes
  Airspeed Indicators and Kollsman Instruments Corp.
  Zura’s Sonic Jump
  Avro Report on Nose Probe Error
  Lag Error
  Modern Systems and NASA Calibration
  Compromise, Compromise!

CHAPTER 6: THE ARROW’S EARLY FLIGHTS
  A Thousand Miles per Hour
  Takeoff and Landing Performance
  Crash Landing

CHAPTER 7: A TRIP TO CALIFORNIA
  Visit to Convair
  Edwards Air Force Base
  NACA Facilities
  NACA Becomes NASA

CHAPTER 8: CHASING MACH 2: AIRCRAFT 25202 HITS ITS STRIDE
  Flight 13: A Minimum “Time to Height” Mission
  Flight 22: High Mach Number Performance
  World Speed Records

CHAPTER 9: THE ARROW AUTO-OBSERVER AND AIRCRAFT 25203
  Flights 2 & 3 with Cylindrical and Divergent Ejectors
  Time to Height Revisited
  Fuel Consumption
  Aircraft 25204 and 25205

CHAPTER 10: CANCELLATION AND AFTERMATH
  Defence Considerations
  Cost Considerations
  Politics and National Pride
  Last Days at Avro

CHAPTER 11: A POST-AVRO CAREER
  American Airlines
  R. Dixon Speas Associates and Aero Performance Inc.
  de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
  Canadair Limited

EPILOGUE
  Revisiting the Avro Arrow
  “I Liked Them All”

APPENDIX A: PROPERTIES OF THE U.S. STANDARD ATMOSPHERE
APPENDIX B: UNIT CONVERSION FACTORS
INDEX

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