Just thought I would share a bit of Aviation History with all of you.....
The AVRO Jetliner - When we use the term Jetliner today we us it as a general term to describe virtually any commercial passenger aircraft. But in 1949, this term was a name rather then a description. The AVRO Jetliner was the trade mark name of North Americans FIRST, and the Worlds Second Jet passenger aircraft. On August 10th 1949 the AVRO Jetliner made it's first flight. It was developed out of a requirement for a 30 passenger 1,200NM range aircraft from Trans Canada Airlines. The airplane had to cruse at 400MPH and be able to operate from existing 4000 ft runways.
Initial plans called for the airplane to be powered by powered by two new powerful Rolls-Royce AJ65 Engines, but the British Authorities were not willing to release these new powerful engines to a civilian airliner, especially one built outside of England. The decision was made to replace the two engines with four less powerful engines. Unfortunately this decision was not approved of by TCA, and they pulled out of the program. Nevertheless AVRO continued on with its plan to build the jet. Two years after it's inception the airplane was making it's first taxi tests, and on August 10th the aircraft took to the skies for the first time. This was a full five years before the Boeing 707 was completed. At the time Canada was still under the British Empire, and as such the British authorities did not want one of their commonwealth nations beating them in aviation history, as such the AVRO plane was delayed by 14 days so that the DeHavilland Comet could be the worlds first passenger jet aircraft. The Jetliner would go on to make a few "Firsts", on April 18th 1950 the jetliner mad the worlds first ever "jetmail" service between Toronto, and New York, it also set a record for the shortest flight between the two cities, at a mere 58 minutes, as opposed to the usual 1 hour 45 mins. Even though TCA was not interested in the airplane, several American airlines, as well as the Canadian and American air forces were interested in this new plane. Howard Hughes had the airplane flown to his plant in California where he test flew the airplane, and indicated that he would like a few for his airlines, TWA and National. The increasing Korean war, and the threat of a Soviet Attack of North America meant that the project was scrapped, in favour of increased CF-100 production. IN 1953 the project was almost restarted, but in the end the aircraft met the fate of many of AVRO's aircraft and was cut up into pieces and sold for scrap. Today the only part that remains of the aircraft is a section of the nose, currently at the Canadian Aeronautical Collection in Ottawa.
This information and much more can be found at http://www.torontoaviation.com
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