Monday, May 11, 2009

Brian and The Arrow

Katie and I are sitting in a cafe in Burnaby, BC working on a blog post. One of us is researching what to do in BC as the other writes their part of the blog.

Then comes along Brian who throws down a book about 'The Arrow'. Here's the wikipedia description..."

The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, designed and built by Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada) in Milton, Ontario, Canada, as the culmination of a design study that began in 1953. Considered to be both an advanced technical and aerodynamic achievement for the Canadian aviation industry, the CF-105 held the promise of Mach 2 speeds at altitudes exceeding 50 000 ft (15 000 m), and was intended to serve as the Royal Canadian Air Force's primary interceptor in the 1960s and beyond.
Not long after the 1958 start of its flight test program, the development of the Arrow (including its
Orenda Iroquois jet engines) was abruptly and controversially halted,[1][2] sparking a long and bitter political debate."

Who knew? Certainly not I! It turns out that Brian was in the Canadian Airforce for many years. After chatting for a bit about the contraversies surrounding the superiority of The Arrow we found out a bit more about Brian.

When Brian was 17, he left Ontario for the first time and joined the Airforce. He says that the discipline saved his life; he's not sure where he'd be with out that opportunity. He didn't enjoy it at the time, but it was what it was and like so many things, they are a part of our journey, lessons to be learned to help us grow.

He seemed very approving of our little journey and when I asked him if he had any advice for kids our age and younger he said this, "Don't be afraid to try things, you only come this way once."

After talking with Brian for a while it was clear that he understood the concept of one life; one chance to get it done.

We are very greatful that he crossed our path and was willing to share his story. Brian, if you're reading this, which I'm sure you are, hope you're having an awesome day! Thanks for your contribution to our journey!

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