Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow
The Arrow in flight
Cockpit view of the Arrow
|Configuration||Delta-wing aircraft, High wing aircraft, Retractable gear aircraft|
|Propulsion||Jet aircraft, Twin-engine aircraft, Twinjet (Jet aircraft, Twin-engine aircraft)|
The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow often known as the Avro Arrow was an interceptor built by Avro Canada. It was intended to reach Mach 2 at altitudes above 50,000 ft.
Design studies begun in 1953 and the first prototype rolled out 4 October 1957. Flight testing begun on 25 March 1958 and acceptance testing for the Royal Canadian Air Force was planned for early 1959. Sparking huge political controversy the Prime Minister of Canada, John Diefenbaker, halted the development of the Arrow (and its Iroquois engines) on 20 February 1959 and two months later the destruction of plans, tooling, production lines and airframes was ordered.
Recent views of videos of the Avro Arrow, notably a film and a documentary, interested me in trying out the Arrow in Flight Gear. I vaguely remember the file in the aircraft list and decided to try it out.
A note about downloading - the links on the aircraft download page did not work. I had to resort to entering the file name in the browser window and locating some alternate download sites that worked fine.
Installing was simple - just copy it to the games folder in Linux and expand. The aircraft appeared in the FG start menu and launched without any problems.
Flying the Arrow
The take off was really unconventional, venturing off the runway in a totally unrealistic fashion, but once airborne, the aircraft climbed well, but was really sensitive in roll. The engines responded fairly quickly. This is a large aircraft and the handling in the simulator has been set up to reflect this.
The radar altimeter is a welcome addition, but the altimeter does not work, there is a large ASI and a VSI that works, and that was sufficient to fly around, get lost, find a runway and make a few low passes before landing in a large field and rolling for an interminable amount of time before stopping.