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Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

Thats nice info,smokey.But I didn't see where they may have fit the ORENDA(or was it IROQUOIS?) engine into any of the Aussie frames.
In Canada-they flew alot of sabres..none with the Arrow's powerplant tho.
The Orenda Iraquois never finished its endurance testing.
CURTIS-WRIGHT, in 1957, had ALREADY signed a deal with Orenda, to produce the Iroquois under license. The American engine maker believed that 12,000 Iroquois engines could be sold over the life of the engine. The deal was worth billions of dollars! All that Curtis-Wright needed from Orenda was for the company to complete the 150 hour benchmark test, successfully.

The IROQUOIS had sailed, SAILED, through the 50 hour benchmark test.

But before completing the 150 hour benchmark test, the gloomy Luddite Prime Minister of Canada, John G. Diefenbaker, on February 20th, 1959, cancelled both the production of the Avro Arrow, and any further testing on the PS-13 Orenda Iroquois.
The only Avro Arrows that flew were fitted with the same Pratt&Whitney engine used by our F-106 and a number of other U S Fighters.
The Rolls Royce Avon was used in many military aircraft but also in the De Haviland Comet airliner.
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Yup, we had Avon 101's in the PR9
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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As someone who had to wear the uniform during my reserve time ( by which the BD uniform was Formal dress LOL ) it was a PITA, yes it stopped the jacket from riding up BUT. taking a dump wearing battle dress and braces was an exercise in agility, you would not want to have dysentery.
the serge soaked up water, shrank if it got wet and dried quickly ( hence the cleaning in petrol ) was heavy , very heavy when wet itchy and scratchy also stiff when soaked and took forever to dry out.
But, the pockets were very well designed and the manufacture was such as to minimise the shortcomings of the fabric, there were two inside map pockets, long to take a folded map and these added wind-proofing too the front.
If you were smart enough and lucky enough you got issued one the correct size ( correct size looks too big ) then you could layer long woollen underwear, a shirt and a jumper underneath.
Also the wind blew straight though the weave.
But, put a windproof layer over the top and it was OK.
At Puckapunyal during our basic training we all tended to wear our cotton overalls on top of the BD ( when allowed ) except when on the parade ground.
I do know that as the war progressed the "Spit and Polish" attitude seems to have softened a little and windproof suits became more readily available and sometimes even issued.
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