Canadian Aviation and the Avro Arrow

Canadian Aviation and the Avro Arrow

by Fred Smye


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500545994
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2014
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Fred T. Smye, once President and General Manager of Avro Aircraft Limited, first worked with the Canadian aircraft industry during World War II as an official of the Department of Munitions and Supply in 1940, becoming Director of Aircraft Production. In 1944 he was appointed Assistant General Manager of Federal Aircraft Limited in Montreal to wind up the Canadian Government's aircraft production program.
At the close of the war he played a key role in establishing the British Hawker Siddeley Group in Canada through the formation of A.V. Roe Canada Limited. On August 1, 1945, Fred became the first employee of A.V. Roe Canada at Malton, Ontario; and with the official formation of Avro Aircraft on December 1, 1945, he was appointed Assistant General Manager.
Fred's friends and colleagues had always acknowledged his role as the driving force behind the administration of all the Avro projects: the Jetliner, the CF-100 the Orenda engines to power it, and the Arrow supersonic interceptor. As President of Avro Aircraft, he was largely responsible for the phenomenal growth and success of the company and its contribution to Canadian aviation-until the demise of Avro in 1960 after the cancellation of the Arrow by the Diefenbaker government. Before he died in 1985, he had the satisfaction of seeing a new generation of Canadians re-discover the Arrow epic through publications, radio, and television.

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