Canadian Aviation—Its Potential
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 24 Apr 1952, p. 360-370
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Canadian Aviation—Its Potential

The British lion far from decrepit. "She has wings now and what is more is jet-propelled. More important she has beside her the Canadian beaver and the American eagle as well as other well-behaved animals." The British lion's jet air power, particularly its relationship to Canadian aviation. The speaker's participation in the phenomenal development of the aviation industry, a rabid exponent of air power and a very firm believer in the great future of Canada in this air world of ours. A review of aircraft production in Canada and its contribution during the last World War. Liaison between British Group companies and the Canadian factories. Impressions by the British of Canada's potential in the aviation industry. Factors that could be turned to good account in furthering the ever-expanding industrialization of Canada and in building up Canada's vitally important export trade. Export markets. Canada's need for extensive manufacturing facilities to provide goods for her own domestic uses, and to sell in the wide-open markets of the world. Words from the Rt. Hon. C.D. Howe. Mr. Howe's inspiration and support, along with that of the Canadian government and the R.C.A.F. leading to the development of the Canadian aircraft industry and its strength today. The importance of the British aviation industry. Canada's geographical position and hence the need for air defence. The demand for air transports in Canada. The new market for aviation products, which should be supplied by Canadian industry. The Hawker Siddeley Group setting up in Canada under the name Avro Canada. The takeover of Turbo Research, by arrangement with the Canadian Government. The engineering teams at Avro. Details of early assignments undertaken to design and develop an all-weather fighter for Canadian defence; a jet engine to power it, and a medium-range commercial jet transport for Canadian routes. Funds required for such pioneering work. A response to the criticism of such an ambitious venture. Factors for success. The time required to develop a new aircraft or engine. The importation of technical knowledge and new production techniques. Activities of the Hawker Siddeley Group, including Avro Canada, to prepare the defences of the west against possible attack. Some descriptions, and hints of the developments going on in the speaker's company. Much to be proud of in the new jet-powered aviation industry in Canada, and some details of achievement. A prediction of interesting developments from Avro Canada in the future. British, Canadian and American air power, united for defence.