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Avro Vulcan

The charity trust that has successfully restored the last remaining Avro Vulcan has announced that 2013 will be the final year to see their craft fly. Despite investing millions of dollars into keeping the plane certified as airworthy, the costs just continue to climb too rapidly to keep up. As parts and equipment are no longer being produced, their stock of spare parts are quickly drying up. There have been several solutions presented, one of which involves a major retro-fit of the “shoulders” at the base of the wings to accommodate more modern engines, enabling new hydraulics, more capabilities, and lower maintenance costs.

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Even the Canadians got on board.

The Jet Age is commonly defined as that era that followed the commonplace usage of piston-engined airliners, with the rise of jet turbine-engined liners, but before the introduction of the supersonic transports. The significantly greater speeds and capacities that these liners were capable of resulted in a […]


Shutdown: Blue Steel Edition

They share the same name. One is a come-hither look, one is a stand-off nuclear device fitted to British V bombers. Can you figure out which one is which?

Avro Blue Steel

Military-Grade Awesome, Prototypes and Experiments

A Great Leap Forward, Two Steps Back

Initial tests involving the installation of the Iroquois into scaled up Radio Flyers proved unsuccessful.

A great many acres of trees have been sacrificed to writing about the tragic loss of the Avro Arrow program due to the intrigues of politics and backroom machinations. Always quietly mentioned within that program is the loss of the Orenda Iroquois engine, which was intended to be the primary powerplant for the Arrow, and was cancelled at the same time as the Arrow by shortsighted politicians in the Canadian government. While the Arrow was a great loss to the Canadian aeronautics industry — effectively it destroyed the Avro Aircraft Company, spreading the brilliant engineers working on the project across the entire industry and throughout many NATO nations — the loss of the Iroquois engine was detrimental to the aeronautics industry as a whole.

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