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Spud Potocki
Polish born Wladyslaw "Spud" Potocki
took over Arrow test flights following
Jan Zurakowski's retirement from active test flying in
Sept 1958.
Potocki served with the Polish Air Force and then escaped after collapse of Poland
during the Second War. He then joined the Royal
Air Force (Polish Squadrons) in England. After the war,
he graduated from the British Empire Test Pilot School. Following emigration
to Canada in the early 1950s, Potocki was engaged as a test pilot with "Avro
Aircraft Canada Ltd".
He accumulated the highest number of hours of the four pilots who flew the first
five Arrow aircraft.
It was recorded that he reached a speed of Mach 1.9 in one of the Arrows, but
it was rumoured that he actually reached Mach 2.0. Following the cancellation
of the Arrow program in 1959, Potocki is the only pilot that "flew" the experimental
Avrocar. After the closing of Avro Canada he joined North American Rockwell as
a test pilot. Then a career-ending accident unrelated to flying, in which he
lost an eye, Potocki and his wife purchased and operated a motel complex and
business in Columbia, Ohio, where he died in 1996.
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