The Jetliner
The Jetliner
2001, 34" x 24", Oil on Canvas
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This aircraft first flew Aug. 10, 1949 and reached speeds in excess of 500 mph. The production Jetliner would have carried 60 passengers at cruising speed of 450 mph. and during the proving trials in 1950/51, the aircraft broke every passenger transport performance record on the books.

The Jetliner was also the first jet transport to carry mail across the US. In 1952, National Airlines contracted Avro for a small fleet and Howard Hughes was so impressed with the aircraft that he wanted 30 aircraft for TWA. The USAF was also enthusiastic and allocated funds for the purchase of 20 military Jetliners. Unfortunately for passenger aircraft development in Canada, the Canadian government ordered the Jetliner program halted and told Avro to tool up for the design and manufacture of the CF-100 jet fighter. Only one aircraft was built and it was used as a support platform for the in flight test program for CF-100. The Jetliner was broken up for scrap in 1956 after seven years of faultless flying.

This painting is also part of the story of aviation designer and engineer James Floyd. As Vice President and Director of Engineering for Avro Canada, Mr. Floyd was also responsible for Canada's most famous aircraft, the Avro Arrow. The reflection of Arrow 201 can be seen on the tarmac. After the Arrow was cancelled, Jim took his team to England and conducted all the early feasibility studies for Hawker-Siddeley on the SST Concorde. The little girl in the painting is holding that future in her hand. Not unexpectedly, the Concorde bears a striking resemblance to the Arrow.

The term "Jetliner" was coined by its designer James C. Floyd.

The original oil painting is part of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority's permanent art collection now hanging in the new terminal building at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.