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Jan
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Test Flying the Arrow. pg5
And Other High Speed Jet Aircraft.
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TEST FLYING THE ARROW
and
other high speed jet aircraft.
Jan
Zurakowski
continued
from page 7,
      The only limitations actually were those of the
structure of the aircraft, which was temperature
limitation. But the number of tests required
to prove the aircraft is really colossal, and
that's why we decided from the start to use as
high a number of test aircraft as possible to
reduce the time before introducing the aircraft
into service.
Q: Would our guest like to comment on American
influence on the Canadian government to cancel
the aircraft?
A: American influence
on Canadian government? I don't know whether there
was any influence. My own personal impression is
simply that our government had no experience. Take,
for example, the case of our government saying that
we cannot sell the Arrow; that we have failed to
win any contracts for it, or that it became too expensive
because development costs are too high.
     Take, for example, the aircraft the Canadian Air
Force is trying to buy now. There is only one that
has never been flown, but all the others have been
flown for four, five or up to seven years. You
cannot sell the aircraft before or soon after first
flight; you have to prove that the aircraft is
good. At the same time, the Prime Minister sent
his General Pearkes to sell the aircraft. So he
goes to his American counterpart, and the industry,
and tells them, look, we've got this Arrow, we're
not sure it's any good, we've had a bit of trouble
with the development programme, and everyone says
it's too expensive... will you buy it?
     So, if that is the approach of a salesman, of
course the Americans will have a good laugh and
say no, we don't want to buy it, but we can sell
you anything you like, ready to go.
Jan Zurakowski, Barry's Bay, Ont.
Footnote: Jan Zurakowski passed on after a lenghtly
illness, Feb 9,2004 he was 89 years old.
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