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12-12-2010, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by rimshot View Post
If there was a long line up of buyers waiting to buy the Arrow, the British firm A E Roe would have built them as long as the buyers would pay for them. The Arrow died because there were no buyers. There were no buyers because only three countries in the world(the three largest) had any possible need for a long-range patrol fighter. Obviously, any NATO country would refrain from supplying the enemy any war material. In conclusion; the Arrow died from a lack of a market not some evil American military-industrial complex conspiracy. I realize that this conspiracy theory is religion for the Canadian left but it does not stand up to scrutiny.
Both the uk and france showed considerable interest in the arrow. In 1956 the uk air council submitted a request stating that the RAF Should buy 144 arrows. The French were originally interested in buying 300 iroqoius engines to fit into their miragez, however they opted out in 58 for the atar engine.

I believe that the US had a hand in changing the minds of the French and the English. Again, the US defence industry had a lot to lose in allowing a Canadian company to out design them and revolutionize the military aircraft industry, like avro was posed to do.

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