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Cold War Fighters

Canadian Aircraft Procurement, 1945-54

The cancellation of the CF-105 Arrow in 1959 holds such a grip on the Canadian imagination that earlier developments in defence procurement remain obscure. Randall Wakelam corrects this oversight – and offers fresh insight on the AVRO saga and contemporary procurement issues – by revealing how cabinet ministers, chiefs of staff, and air marshals negotiated competing pressures to arm the air force, please allies, and save money during a decade when Canada’s air force was growing by leaps and bounds. The result was the CF-100 Canuck and the F-86 Sabre, Canada’s front-line defensive aircraft in the coldest years of the Cold War.

Table of Contents

1 An Air-Minded Middle Power

2 Planning for Peace

3 International and Industrial Alliances

4 Caught Flat-Footed

5 Facing the Threat in Earnest

6 And So to War

7 Juggling Numbers

8 Putting Rubber on the Ramp

9 Growing Needs, Growing Concerns

10 Fact and Fancy

Appendix A: Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters Organization Chart, c. 1947

Appendix B: Department of Defence Production Aircraft Delivery Statistics, 1951-54




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