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Posted: 06/16/20 10:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

He did not go to NASA like most of the others, he went back to university and changed careers and stayed in Canada, despite the big bucks he was offered. I still remember the guys in the black suits trying to convince him. Saved me from Vietnam in the process, I suppose.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200........reaking-jet-which-still-haunts-a-country

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Interesting. I think some collector has a rare plane hidden in his underground storage bunker.

And I wonder just how many ejection seats left the building that Friday. Can just see one in a house,sitting in the man cave in the corner,red tag "Do not touch". A few beers with the buddies...[emoticon]


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It performed impressively in the test flights, it would have been nice if it had lasted long enough to be fitted with the new engines. It was an impressive aircraft for the late 50's. I don't think it was equaled until into the 70's. My dad also worked on the Vulcan in Britain before going to Canada. One of the reasons he decided to change careers was all the security restrictions involved in that period when working on classified military aircraft. He was told in no uncertain terms the conditions he would have to work under in the US. He said no thanks. This was not all that much later than the McCarthy era and paranoia about communists was still strong.

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This was an unfortunate thing, but a cousin to my wife worked on the program admitted to me that much of the reason the program was dropped was that is was so riddled with soviet spies that the US (we) would not cooperate and assist in the needed testing and upgrades to the power plants. He did say that the aircraft was amazing.

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Well that is a possibility in those days. Lots of conspiracy theories around it, like pressure from the US because it wanted Canada to buy Bomark missiles, etc. My dad thinks it was political as it was started under the Liberals and the Conservatives then axed it. One thing against the spy argument is that the soviets did not produce any aircraft resembling it, like happened with the space shuttle. It would be naive however, to say they were not at least trying. That could explain why the plans & aircraft were destroyed. When my dad was working on the Vulcan around 1950, my sister & I were even escorted to school. That was right in the midst of the commie behind every lamppost scare. My dad was responsible for the undercarriage, so he had to know all the payload specs.

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several good youtube documentaries on it. as a canadian engineer i am very proud of the cf105 and very ashamed of the Diefenbaker government. Shame those days are behind us [emoticon]

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Looks like US's F-106 Delta Dart.

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Tequila wrote:

He did not go to NASA like most of the others, he went back to university and changed careers and stayed in Canada, despite the big bucks he was offered. I still remember the guys in the black suits trying to convince him. Saved me from Vietnam in the process, I suppose.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200........reaking-jet-which-still-haunts-a-country
I read this while drinking a few cups of coffee this morning - interesting.


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Posted: 06/18/20 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very interesting.

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