Fred T. Smye, once President and General Manager of Avro Aircraft Limited, first worked with the Canadian aircraft industry during World War II as an official of the Department of Munitions and Supply. In June 1940 he joined Munitions and Supply in New York City, but soon rose to Director of Aircraft Production and by 1944 was appointed Assistant General Manager of Federal Aircraft Limited in Montreal to wind up the Canadian Government's aircraft production program including Victory Aircraft in Malton.
At the close of the war he played a key role in establishing the British Hawker Siddeley Group in Canada through the formation of A.V. Roe Canada Limited. On August 1, 1945, Fred became the first employee of A.V. Roe Canada at Malton, Ontario; and with the official formation of Avro Aircraft on December 1, 1945, he was appointed Assistant General Manager. The new company took over the facilities of the war-time Crown company, Victory Aircraft at Malton to carry on research and development of jet aircraft to meet specific Canadian needs.
Fred Smye's friends and colleagues had always acknowledged his role as the driving force behind the administration of all the Avro projects: the Jetliner, the CF-100 the Orenda engines to power it, and the Arrow supersonic interceptor. As President of Avro Aircraft, he was largely responsible for the phenomenal growth and success of the company and its contribution to Canadian aviation-until the demise of Avro in 1959 upon the cancellation of the Arrow by the Diefenbaker government.
This publication sprang from 20 years of anger and frustration as Fred saw Canada ignore the Arrow achievement and forget a magnificent national story. But in the three or four years before he died in 1985, he had the satisfaction of seeing a new generation of Canadians re-discover the Arrow epic through publications, radio, and television.
Acknowledgements Requiem for a National Industry Chapter One: World War II and the Creation of a Canadian Aviation Industry Chapter Two: Avro's First Ventures Chapter Three: The Arrow Chapter Four: Cancellation Chapter Five: Why? The Chaos That Followed Retrospective
Canadian Aviation and the Avro Arrow
Copyright © 1985 by Fred Smye
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First privately published and printed in 1989 by Randy Smye, Oakville, ON.
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