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The Other Aircraft

Everyone knows about the Jetliner, Canuck, Arrow and the AvroCar but there were other aircraft, now is you chance to learn about them....

Avro Canada's DC-3

AHFC Photo - used with permission

Orenda's Dove

From AirCraft Sept 56:
A de Havillland Dove has been purchased by Orenda Engines Ltd. for executive flying work. The aircraft will be used to facilitate air travel from the company offices at Malton to CF-100 and Sabre bases across the country. During 1955 Orenda personnel flew upwards of 500,000 passenger-miles on scheduled airlines, and the Dove expected to take over as much of the mileage as possible on a regular non-scheduled basis.
The aircraft, CF-ODI, is based at the Genaire hangar at Malton. It carries full airline instrumentation, radio and de-icing equipment.

B-47B / CL-52

In 1956, the USAF loaned B-47B serial number 51-2059 to the Royal Canadian Air Force for use as a flying test bed for the 20,000 lb. static thrust Orenda Iroquois turbojet. A pair of Iroquois engines were to power the projected Avro CF-105 Arrow long-range interceptor, which was currently under development in Canada. After delivery, the RCAF turned the plane over to Canadair, Ltd. to complete the required modifications. A separate pod for the test engine was installed on the starboard side of the rear fuselage underneath the horizontal tail. The pod was 30 feet long and about six feet in diameter. The company assigned its own model number of CL-52 to the project. The CL-52/B-47B flew in RCAF markings, but retained the last three digits of its USAF serial number, which followed the prefix "X" to become the RCAF serial number.

The CL-52 spent a total of 31 hours in the air with the Iroquois engine.

After the termination of the Arrow/Iroquois program, the Iroquois engine was removed from the CL-52 and the aircraft was returned to the USA. The plane was scrapped at Davis-Monthan AFB shortly thereafter.

information from The B-47 Stratojet Association - used with permission

Specifications B-47E; Engines; (six) General Electric J47-GE-25 turbojets (water injection) 26.69 kN. (6,000 lbs. st.), Wing span; 35.35 m. (116' 0"), Length; 32.92 m. (108' 0"), Maximum take-off weight; 91,625 kg. (202,000 lbs.), Maximum level speed; 1,013 km/h (630 mph.), Range; 5,150 km. (3,200 miles), Armament; (two) 20 mm. cannon, up to9,070 kg. (20,000 lbs.) bombs.

Avian Aircraft Ltd of Georgetown, Ontario which was founded by former Avro Canada employee's, created it's Avian 2/180 gyroplane in 1966. The basic cost was $17,500. The certification prototype (CF-JTX-X) was first flown in November 1965 and was the sixth gryoplane completed by the company. New features are the light-alloy riveted sheet construction and the Lycoming IO-360 fuel-injection engine, larger windows and entrance door and lower floor line. The 2/180 has a 37 ft engine for jump starts. Empty and gross weights are 1,300 lb (590 kg) and 1,900 lb (862 kg); normal cruising speed is 100 mph (161 km/h) and the range is 400 miles (643 km).